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As travelers, we spend many an hour searching for the best time to visit our dream bucket-list destination — all with the hope of avoiding the crowds. However, there are plenty of vacation spots where you can escape the masses no matter when you show up. Below, we rounded up a list of eight secluded hotels in Europe — some of which require a long journey — where you won’t have to worry about elbowing your way through crammed streets or fighting over a lounge chair on the beach. Will you go the distance?

La Bandita, Pienza, Italy

Getting to La Bandita, an isolated inn in the middle of the countryside, takes some effort. Guests must drive down a bumpy dirt road lined with cypress trees, but upon arriving, you’ll be in R&R heaven. Country views are not in short supply here, but the Tuscan landscape is especially striking from the infinity pool, which is set among olive trees. There’s also a full-time gourmet chef who prepares fresh, delicious meals, and thoughtful extras like a free glass of wine upon check-in and complimentary all-you-can-drink cappuccinos only sweeten the deal. That said, don’t be fooled by the region, which is known for its rustic properties that still operate as farms — this refurbished country house stands out for its more modern, minimalist appearance. And should you want to shake up the scenery, Pienza, Montepulciano, and Montalcino – all ideal for shopping, wine tasting, and dining – are about a 20, 30, and 40 minutes away, respectively.

Raven Hall Hotel, Yorkshire, UK

Your hectic, hyper-connected life back home will be a distant memory the moment you set foot on this 100-acre Yorkshire property. Set on a coastal cliff in the beautiful North York Moors National Park, Raven Hall Hotel displays the countryside and Robin Hood’s Bay. It’s about a half-hour…