There are numerous peaceful hideaways along Britain's coast - remote bays, sheltered sand-dunes, quiet boutique hotels, unchanging fishing villages.
Surprisingly, you can find a quiet spot even in the most popular areas at the height of summer. Some of the vast beaches are big enough for all, and never get crowded.
Northumberland beaches can be quiet in high summer, as can those in west Wales. The west coast of Scotland has some beautiful coastline, far away from the crowds, and the Orkney and Shetland Isles are worth considering with their remoteness and Nordic culture.
Some of English Country Cottages' properties are hidden away and there are some lovely quiet luxury hotels here. And while you're away, how about a relaxing visit to a spa?.