Sometimes, solitude is an absolute delight. It’s okay to be social and friendly most of the time, but now and then you just want to have some time to yourself. And let’s not even get started on the whole concept of people dropping by your house unexpectedly when all you want to do is lounge around on the sofa with your pants off, which we’re pretty sure is the dream of any man in the world.

Some people have taken this idea to absolute extremes, though. To the point were to be perfectly honest, their quest for solitude is on the verge of being absolutely insane. These are the people who not only don’t want visitors, they don’t even want to entertain the notion of having people over for a cup of coffee. Here are some of the most absurdly remote houses in the world.

12This House in Iceland

This House in Iceland

This house is literally the only structure on this small island in Iceland, so if loneliness is your friend this is the place for you.

11This House in Sweden

This House in Sweden

This single house is on a small island in Stockholm, and you can rest assured that the view is never going to be obscured by a fat neighbor going for an all-over tan.

10The Katskhi Pillar

The Katskhi Pillar

There’s only one monk who lives in this tiny church in Georgia (the country, not the state), and we’re guessing it’s because no one else can figure out how the hell to get up there.

9This House on the St. Lawrence River

This House on the St. Lawrence River

On the one hand, lawn maintenance is easy. On the other hand, heavy rain comes along and you’re sleeping in a waterbed whether you want to or not.

8This House in the Swiss Alps

This House in the Swiss Alps

Located on the face of the Matterhorn, this lodge is located more than 4,000 meters up, so yeah, we’re thinking the mailman needs a giant Christmas bonus.

7The Hermitage in Italy

The Hermitage in Italy

The word “Hermit” is right there in the name, so yeah, we’re thinking this beautiful but secluded church is aptly named.

6This Greek Monastery


This Greek monastery is difficult to reach, as it sits roughly 1,300 feet above sea level. The monks have got to be in fantastic shape from all that climbing, right?

5This French House


Well, we guess this homeowner is caught between a rock and…well, another rock.

4This Church in Slovenia


Look, it’s absolutely gorgeous, but the question is really: how on earth do they have anything resembling an actual congregation?

3This Small Hut in Iceland


We’re starting to sense that the people of Iceland really, really hate having people stop by to borrow cups of sugar.

2This Tiny Dwelling in Norway


Which is worse here, the sense of claustrophobia when you’re inside, or the sense your small house is about to fall down the mountain when you look out the window?

1This Stone House In Portugal


Honestly, this house looks like the equivalent of plugging your fingers in your ears and saying “la-la-la, I’m not listening!” whenever neighbors come knocking.