New study reveals the UK's ultimate secluded areas for remote working
Remote working has become the new normal to many over the last year. However, working from home can feel both isolating and claustrophobic – especially if you don’t have a garden or balcony for some fresh air.
Whether you’re looking to escape your flat for a week or want to travel while working remotely, Small Business Prices has conducted a new study to find the world’s ultimate secluded areas for remote working.
The study has analysed some of the most beautiful towns and villages across the UK, US and Europe and measured them against a series of metrics. The metrics used in this research include the average monthly cost of rent and the daily Airbnb rate, the number of WiFi spots and cafes with WiFi, distance to the nearest airport as well as the distance to the sea and the number of greenspaces for UK locations.
Looking at the overall highest-scoring locations across all metrics, these are the top three secluded areas for remote working in the UK:
Lymm, Cheshire – Offering the cheapest daily Airbnb rate at an average of GBP80, Lymm is a great place to work remotely for budget travellers. It’s also home to the most greenspaces of the UK locations with 68 of them to explore.
Linlithgow, West Lothian – Just 2.9 miles from the sea and with beautiful views of the Linlithgow Palace, this Scottish town is perfect for a countryside getaway. Offering 248 WiFi spots to choose from it’s also a great place for remote working.
Whitby, North Yorkshire – The quaint seaside town of Whitby has an average monthly rent of just GBP700, making it a great place for a temporary home-away-from-home. Visit the 199 steps while you’re there for a scenic sunset walk.
Top 5 cheapest areas to work remotely
In addition to analysing each location on metrics for seclusion, the study also finds the most affordable locations for those looking to vacate and work on a budget.
Whether you’re planning on renting a temporary home for a while or just want to book an Airbnb for the week, these are the cheapest secluded areas to visit in the UK:
Hawes, North Yorkshire ranks as the overall cheapest option in the UK, offering the lowest average price for monthly rent and a night at an Airbnb combined. The quaint town also sees the lowest monthly rent out of all 25 locations– making it perfect for a longer stay.
If you’re looking for a place to visit for just a week or two, Lymm, Cheshire offers the cheapest average daily Airbnb rates for £80 a night.
Does being by the sea make you feel the most at ease? Analysing all UK locations in the study by their distance to the sea, these quaint towns and villages are the UK’s ultimate seaside locations to work remotely:
Penzance, Cornwall – Located 0.5 miles from the sea, Penzance is the ultimate remote working location for sea-bound Brits. Enjoy a walk around one of the town’s 14 greenspaces on your lunch break or pay a visit to the Minack Theatre for some sightseeing.
Salcombe, Devon – The beautiful seaside town of Salcombe is just 0.7 miles from the shore. Located 12.6 miles from the nearest train station with a population of just 1,909 people, it’s the perfect place to find serenity far away from the crowds.
Tenby, Pembrokeshire – Explore this colourful coastal town located in Wales, with a sunset stroll on the beautiful Tenby Castle Beach. Stay connected during the day, using one of the town’s 328 WiFi spots for the ultimate work-life balance.
Therapist Sally Baker says: “Those who have the room to set up a separate work area and a balcony or garden for taking a break in are in the best position for protecting their mental health. For others with less physical space and less advantages circumstances, remote working can feel more stressful and oppressive, which will impact negatively on their mental health.
"Without their own dedicated private outdoor space, remote workers will need to incorporate time outside into their daily schedule. Plus, Vitamin D is only produced while outside, preferably in sunshine, and is essential in helping to ward off depression.”