While the outdoors can make a great place for entertaining, sometimes they are better enjoyed without the company of too many other people.

Here are a few secluded spaces, far away from WiFi, perfect for a daily retreat. Private spaces to relax and unwind.

Timber frame pool house at sunset

Timber frame pool house is a posh outdoor lounge for relaxing after a day the sun.

Lakeside outdoor living room with custom fire table

Detailed timber structure offers lakeside views and nights by the fire.

Under deck hot tub spa with pull down screens and curtains.

Connected to the walk-out basement, this paver patio living room and spa is the perfect place to unwind. Fabric curtains and pull down screens keep out mosquitoes, flies, and the neighbors.

Creating separation from the neighbors

We love our neighbors, but sometimes we need a little space. Fences, hedges, and walls create healthy borders between next-door neighbors.

Limestone mortar retaining wall and privacy hedge.

Hedges and a mortared limestone retaining wall create a privacy border for this backyard in Edina, MN.

Small natural stone paver patio overlooking a ravine.

This intimate backyard retreat overlooks a dramatic ravine. Even though the next door neighbor’s home is nearby, a seat wall and shrubs create separation and privacy.

Custom-designed white trellis separated the driveway from the dining patio

Custom-designed arbor with purple Clematis and Chilton stone columns separate this Bluestone dining patio from the driveway to the street.

Perfect Fireplaces

Nothing is more idyllic than spending an evening watching the dancing flames of a fire, far from your worries and cares.

Gas fire pit surrounded by native plant garden.

A secluded fire patio surrounded by native perennials and a seat wall.

Patio overlooking the Minnesota River.

Imagine resting your eyes on this scenic vista after a busy day of work.

Back woods camp fire retreat.

Backwoods-style fire that will remind you of nights away at summer camp.

Urban Backyard Retreats

In urban environments, creating space that feels distant and separate from everyday life is especially challenging.

Red brick structure with timber roof and tranquil water feature.

In this St. Paul backyard, a water feature covers up the sounds of the street while the custom-designed cedar and brick structure provides shade and shelter.

Modern backyard in Minneapolis with gorgeous linear design.

Another award-winning city yard. This Minneapolis backyard is surrounded by a modern privacy fence and verdant plantings.

More Ideas for secluded backyard spaces

Fire Features

Fire brings people together. Landscape designs featuring fire pits, fireplaces, and fire tables.

Landscape Structures

For shade and shelter. An arbor, pergola, pool house, or trellis will add functionality and interest to your landscape design.

French Quarter Courtyard

Intimate backyard captures the spirit and charm of a New Orleans courtyard with classic brick patio, fireplace, and fleur-de-lis accents

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