Sometimes, we just want to live peacefully and get a break from the busy life. And what’s the best place to do that than going to spend some time in a house in the middle of nowhere? No neighbors, no other people, just you and probably one more friend to go and explore nature, hike or swim close to a secluded house. We found some of the most remote homes or buildings you can go spend some time or at least visit, and they all look awesome!
They’re the break you need from the cramped cities and far from civilization. Probably a downside to these places is that you can’t go on a quick trip to the store!
20. KATSKHI PILLAR
A long time ago, this building on top of the Katskhi Pillar was a monastery. The limestone monolith appears to lift you towards the heavens. You can get there by using an iron ladder from the ground up to the top. On top of the rock, there is a church, the hermit cells, and even a wine cellar. Now let’s go from Central Georgia to China’s scariest hike in the world.
19. CHESS PAVILION
The Chess Pavilion can be found on Mount Hua, in China. It offers the scariest hike in the world, and to reach the pavilion, you have to be courageous! Once you get there, you’ll have a wonderful view, a place to rest before getting back down and you can even play some chess there.
The next place looks like a lair…
In the Grenadines, more exactly in Bequia, there is a place called Moonhole. It looks like a lair especially created for a movie set, and the fact that the estate was built from whale bones, rock, local wood and anything salvaged from the sea makes these 1960s homes a place where we’d want to live for the rest of our lives.
Talking about rocks, here’s another house in Portugal.
17. CASA DO PENEDO
Translated into English, this two-story house is called House of stone. It was built around boulders found in an open field in Portugal. Back in 1974, a family built it as their rural retreat. The recent years attracted a lot of tourists and designers that the owner, who is Vitor Rodrigues, had to move away from the inquisitive visitors!
16. Ranui, Italy CHURCH OF ST. JOHANN
It’s not a house you can live in, but it’s definitely a building you’d want to check out if you ever pass through Ranui, Italy. It’s called the Church of St. Johann, and you can find it in the meadows, on a farmstead. Every hiker that went to these mountains were stunned to see the small church with its beautiful dome.
If you’d rather hang from a cliff, this is the house you should look for…
15. “CLIFF HOUSE”
A design team at the architectural firm Modscape from Australia have created a Cliff House after they got inspired from the barnacles you see on the ship’s hull. The house has three bedrooms and offers a splendid view. Unfortunately, this house, although the designers said it is feasible, wasn’t yet built – who’d give you a planning permit for it, anyway?
14. JUST ROOM ENOUGH ISLAND
For when just a room is enough for you to cozy up and write a novel or use your creativity, the “Just Room Enough Island” would be perfect. It’s in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada. When the tide is high, the water reaches the house’s walls, but at low tide, they can take out the garden furniture and enjoy the sun.
Now let us hide in the forest!
13. KAUFMANN HOUSE
It is called Fallingwater, or the Kaufmann House, and it was built by Frank Lloyd Wright. This is the most famous house in America. It was first used as a family weekend home for more than 30 years (1937-1963), and since 1964, it was donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and it became a museum. In 2006, Angelia Jolie brought Brad Pitt to that home and took a tour for two hours on his birthday.
12. LONG STUDIO
In Canada, looking at the North Atlantic, the Long Studio on Fogo Island was built on the cliffs. The waves break into the rocks, creating a stunning view – and that is why this building is an artist’s studio. It’s impossible not to find inspiration in this place!
Now, are you up for an adventure? Check out this Hut in Switzerland.
11. SOLVAY HUT
It was built on the rocky ridge of the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s peak – the Solvay Hut, which is managed by the Swiss Alpine Club. There is only room for ten people – those who even dare to venture at 4,003 meters altitude. To get there, you must hike on a steep, ice path, in freezing temperatures.
If you’re interested in a more… down to earth home, check out this one built on a rock.
10. HOUSE ON THE RIVER
Similar to the one in Canada, this house was built on the Drina River in Serbia. It was built by swimmers who wanted to rest after swimming in the river. So, they first found the rock and rested on it. Then, with one board at a time, they spent their spare time to build it. Pounded by winds and high tide, the house is still there!
9. PARO TAKTSANG
In Bhutan, on the Paro Valley, there is a Buddhist temple, which is called the Tiger’s Nest. The Himalayan monastery was built in 1692 and renovated in 1958 and 2005. The temple sits on a cliff 3,100 meters altitude and comes with a spectacular view.
8. THE GLOBAL SEED VAULT
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a building specially constructed to contain a lot of seed samples in gene banks. There are samples from seeds all over the world in the vault from Norway, and the construction was funded by the government. The collection keeps growing, keeping hundreds of thousands of seed species.
7. EREMO DI SAN COLOMBANO
The Hermitage of San Colombano can be found in the Trento province, Italy, in the Leno valley. This building might not be a house, but it scores a lot of points in looks. To get to this eighth Century monastery, you will have to climb 102 steps carved into rock!
6. THE FAEROSE HOUSES
The Faroe Islands are halfway between Iceland and Norway. The grass-roofed houses are built into the ground and lined with stone walls, almost similar to the Viking houses built in 400 – 600 AD.
Check out this house dubbed as the most remote house in the world.
5. THE HOUSE IN THE ISLAND OF ELLIOAE
A tiny dot on this grassy and rocky island is what is known to be the most remote house in the world. It is on the Ellioaey Island, which is part of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, in Iceland. The house is a hunting lodge, and it was confused with the island home owned by Bjork, which is further west.
4. THE HOLY TRINITY MONASTERY
Up, on the Greek’s rocky hills of Meteora, there are six monasteries which are fully functional. They overlook the town Kalambaka, and to get there, you will need to climb about 140 steps which are carved into the cliff.
3. THE HEMLOFT TREE HOUSE
If stones and high cliffs are not your thing, let’s go back to nature with the HemLoft secret treehouse created by Joel Allen, who actually got a degree in software development before that. He then realized his passion was carpentry, so he designed this beautiful house we so want to have as our permanent residence!
2. ISLAND HOUSE, SWEDEN
If you’d want an island for yourself, get one like this one close to Stockholm, Sweden. It’s has a residence, a harbor, trees, and no neighbors! We’d say it’s a perfect combination!
1. THE FOREST HOME
The list couldn’t be better finished than with a romantic home in the forest. This house was built in six weeks for about $4000 a few years ago, but a person as eager as us to go live like a hermit in the forest would build it in a week!