Places to embrace JOMO (the joy of missing out) in the South West

JOMO is all about relishing the joy found in not feeling the need to respond to messages, do activities or to just constantly check social media. If you’re looking to get away from the constant pressure of texts, messages and social media, here’s a list of our locations with truly awful phone reception. Perfect to escape to for a little quiet contemplation.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We're starting to open some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland at reduced capacity, through advance bookings every week. Most places up to 8 June have sold out. New tickets are released every Friday and we'll continue to add new places over the coming weeks. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are now open. All houses remain closed for now and all places in Wales remain closed following Welsh Government advice. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.​

Moss covered rocks in the river Lyd, Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge

While you’ll struggle to check your emails or Instagram story in the South West’s deepest gorge, you will find a spectacular waterfall and be able to keep yourself occupied by walking its challenging 2.5-hour trail which takes you directly into the Devil’s Cauldron.

The river and footbridge at Watersmeet, Devon


Waltz through 2,000 acres of land that’s teeming with wildlife and stunning views completely free of the hassle of texts and emails.

Standing stones in sunlight


Take in the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle and the surrounding village free from distraction. Also, be sure to visit the Alexander Keiller Museum to view archaeological treasures and interactive displays revealing that story of this ancient World Heritage Site.

A view of Dyrham Park set in parkland

Dyrham Park

It’s doubtful you’ll miss texting your friends with thanks to the idyllic ponds, wildflower orchard and the herd of historic fallow deer to keep you company on your visit to this incredible 17th-century country house.

Spring view of flowers at Chedworth

Chedworth Roman Villa

Discovered over 150 years ago, Chedworth houses the remains of an ancient Roman villa complete with mosaic floors, bathhouses and hypocaust system, in an incredibly tranquil part of the UK. What a shame you’ll find it incredibly hard to upload a picture to your Facebook.

Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey

From the Cistercians who first built the abbey upon the estate to Grenville and Sir Francis Drake who once made this location their home, Buckland Abbey has over 700 years of history to experience. Plus, its secret wild garden is the perfect spot to deliberate in a quiet and beautiful setting.

View of the rhododendrons and house from the East Terrace garden at Cotehele


Complete with tapestries, arms and armour adorning this Tudor house has changed little over the years. In fact, the phone signal you’ll find here today is probably as poor as it would have been when its foundations were first laid.

Daffodils on the South Lawn outside Barrington Court

Barrington Court

Barrington is an atmospheric fragment of Somerset gone by. The empty Tudor house, devoid of furnishings, affords the opportunity to explore the house freely or to walk through the sensory gardens unperturbed by digital distractions.

Coleton Fishacre house with flowering crocuses in the foreground

Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is a one-of-a-kind 1920s country retreat,offering a portal to travel back to the heady and buzzing Jazz Age. However, its reposeful grounds, with sea views, offer a chance to collect your thoughts unflustered by your phone.

A view of the front of Compton Castle

Compton Castle

This rare surviving example of a medieval fortress is a jewel set acres of rolling hills and orchards. Wander around this bewitching castle’s medieval kitchen, hall and solar, safe in the knowledge that its high curtain walls, hewn from stone, will block out any remnants of phone reception. In fact, coverage here is so poor that Compton Castle cannot accept either debit or credit card payments.