People feeling the pressure of work are being offered the chance to dial down the stress by going cold turkey on their smartphones in the Lake District.
Skelwith Fold near Ambleside has sited three luxury safari tents on its 130 acres of parkland, ready to welcome guests wanting to enjoy the benefits of a digital detox.
On arrival, they can lock up their smartphone in the supplied detox box and receive in its place an old fashioned Nokia phone capable of making or receiving only vital calls, and with no internet access.
Also in the box is an iconic Polaroid camera, a record player with a disc of golden oldies, and a selection of traditional board games to take the place of their smartphone.
Henry Wild, whose family has owned Skelwith Fold holiday park for over 25 years, said that the aim is to let stressed-out couples experience the exhilaration of becoming unplugged:
“Yes, there will be a short period of adjustment at first, but it won’t take long before the natural sights and surroundings will replace any feelings of anxiety,” he said.
“Instead of staring at a screen, guests will be able to look out for the deer, red squirrels and other wildlife which populate our woodlands where the safari tents are based.
“We want to give people some real head space, and the feeling of liberation that comes from knowing that no emails and alerts will elbow in on their tranquillity.
“It’s Buddhist retreat in all but name, and at the end of the stay we hope that people will have a new feeling of confidence in being away from their phone,” said Henry.
Skelwith Fold’s new two-person safari tents offer a host of pampering touches, including full-size beds made up with hotel quality linen, bathroom facilities, and a modern equipped kitchen.
There’s also heating, and a private balcony for al-fresco dining or just relaxing and listening to the birdsong – without a single tweet to disturb the serenity.
But the beautiful outlook won’t disappear at night, says Henry, because the park’s dark skies will reveal a heavenly galaxy of stars rarely glimpsed elsewhere in the UK.
The park’s digital detox breaks are available to book from March this year, and three-night stays start at £595.00 for two people.
For those at peace with their digital lifestyle, fully switched-on stays in the five-star safari tents are also available at the same price.
Either way, Skelwith Fold provides a stunning location near the shores of Windermere surrounded by some of Cumbria’s most picture-perfect fells, including the legendary Langdales.
More information about Skelwith Fold, a past winner of Cumbria Tourism’s Park of the Year award, can be found at www.skelwith.com