The new 'digital detox' holiday where guests have to lock their phone away for three days

The 'Winston' a 'digital detox' cabin that's opened for holidays in Mells, on the Mendips near Bristol. Guests have to handover their phones and laptops for the duration of their stay
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A new type of holiday has been launched in the countryside near Bristol - where guests have to lock away their mobile phone and laptops and go off-grid for at least three days and nights.

The ‘digital detox’ holiday sees guests stay in a luxury cabin, and are proving popular for Londoners staying in cabins in the south east - and now the phenomenon has been brought to the Bristol area by the company behind idea, Unplugged.

The guests have to lock their phones and devices in a special sealed box when they arrive, but are given an old-school Nokia mobile phone to have just in case of emergencies. With no wifi and no 4G or 5G, and no devices to log on to it anyway, people staying at Unplugged’s cabin in Somerset have to holiday like it’s the 1990s and read books, go for walks and talk to other people instead.

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The first cabin of its kind is called the ‘Winston’, and has been launched by Unplugged in the village of Mells, in the Mendip hills near Frome. It comes with an outdoor, wood-fired ‘Scandinavian bath’ with ‘beautiful, far-reaching views of the surrounding Somerset countryside. Guests also get given an instant camera - just in case they miss the ability to take photos of every meal they eat.

“In an increasingly busier ‘digital world’ world where people are constantly connected, Unplugged’s digital detoxes help alleviate problems associated with burnout - something 80 per cent of Brits admit to suffering with - and too much screen time,” said a spokesperson for the holiday firm

“On arrival at Winston - like at all of Unplugged’s cabins - guests lock their devices away for three days. All escapes are for three nights, the scientifically proven time to reap the benefits from a digital detox, and start from £390 per cabin.

The 'Winston' a 'digital detox' cabin that's opened for holidays in Mells, on the Mendips near Bristol. Guests have to handover their phones and laptops for the duration of their stay
The 'Winston' a 'digital detox' cabin that's opened for holidays in Mells, on the Mendips near Bristol. Guests have to handover their phones and laptops for the duration of their stay -Credit:Maddie Meddings

“After time offline and surrounded by nature, they return to the connected world more productive and recharged with improved sleep hygiene. They also receive an old school Nokia mobile phone to use in case of emergencies, a physical map to explore the scenic surroundings and an instant camera with film,” she added.

“No WiFi is available so people can reconnect with nature and consequently improve their sleep, productivity and overall relationships with their devices,” she said.

Unplugged’s co-founder Hector Hughes said the firm has plans for 40 such cabins across the country, but this is the first outside London and the South East and the first in the Bristol and Bath area. “We are delighted to introduce Winston, the newest addition to the Unplugged family, near such vibrant cities like Bristol and Bath,” he said.

The 'Winston' a 'digital detox' cabin that's opened for holidays in Mells, on the Mendips near Bristol. Guests have to handover their phones and laptops for the duration of their stay
The 'Winston' a 'digital detox' cabin that's opened for holidays in Mells, on the Mendips near Bristol. Guests have to handover their phones and laptops for the duration of their stay -Credit:Maddie Meddings

“Expansion in the UK is something we are continuing to progress with at Unplugged. The decision to introduce Winston to the Bristol and Bath regions was made simple. Not only are we supporting tired, burnt out folk residing and visiting this region,but we’re providing a space for people to enjoy the incomparable, quintessentially British surroundings found here.

“We ask all our guests when they check out what else they want to see from Unplugged, and an outdoor bath was the standout request. So we’re super-excited to launch our first cabin with an outdoor bath which we think will really help busy folk disconnect from daily stresses and reconnect with themselves and nature,” he added.