From Scotland to Cornwall, find holiday inspiration with our round-up of eco cottages and unusual retreats for a green getaway in the British countryside.
With views of the Epynt Mountains, this traditional Welsh barn makes a great base for walking, mountain biking, bird watching or just relaxing amidst the tranquil scenery. The cottage boasts underfloor heating powered by solar panels and ground source heating. www.qualitycottages.co.uk
Pollaughan Cottages, Cornwall
On Cornwall’s idyllic Roseland Peninsula, Pollaughan Cottages are an eco-friendly collection of three award-winning gold self-catering properties. Luxuriously furnished on a farmstead that’s packed with wildlife. www.premiercottages.co.uk
The Hyning Estate, Cumbria
Set in beautiful grounds on the edge of The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, the 7 luxurious dwellings comprising The Hyning Estate are simply gorgeous. Each has been sympathetically renovated by local craftsmen to ensure they remain true to their 17th century origins and there is genuine commitment to sustainability including heat pumps, solar panels, heat recovery systems and triple glazing. www.premiercottages.co.uk
Sky Hut, Pembrokeshire
The Sky Hut was part of Channel 4’s ‘Cabins in the Wild’ documentary in 2017, and has been remodelled since. Designed to provide a cosy and unique glamping-observatory experience, its new lakeside home in West Wales provides the perfect setting to admire the magnificent night sky.
Named as the country with the highest percentage of ‘International Dark Sky’, Wales is officially one of the most outstanding places in the world to stargaze. Along with eye level glazing all around this inspirational cabin, you can also open the roof and sliding glass door that leads out to your own decking area. Enjoy the lake (boat, canoeing and fishing) and countryside views. There is also access to a shared hot tub, games room and pizza oven on site, and Cardigan Bay nearby. www.originalcottages.co.uk
Kerridge End Cottages, Cheshire
Kerridge End features three 5 star gold award winning cottages located in the grounds of a Grade II listed former gentleman’s residence in the conservation area of Rainow village. An ideal base for walkers as there is a massive network of footpaths from here varying from quiet rambles to tough hill walking and rugged moors strolls including the famous Gritstone Trail. All cottages have efficient self condensing boilers, thermal insulation for energy efficiency plus double glazing and water conserving cisterns. Green Tourism Gold. www.premiercottages.co.uk
The Danish Cabin, Cornwall
Live above your own private bar, whose walls fold back to let in the amazing wooded peace of the Kudhva wilderness. This is an ingenious piece of engineering, a surprising space to live in and an incredible place to explore. The cabin itself is a neat arrangement of folding walls that slide up to let the outdoors in or come down to shelter the two single sofa beds in the downstairs sleeping area when the day’s adventure is over. www.canopyandstars.co.uk/thedanishcabin
Churchdale Farm Cottages, Derbyshire
Churchdale Farm in the heart of the Peak District boasts three five star gold award winning cottages, that have been thoughtfully converted from old cart sheds, each retains its old world charm with beams and natural stone. There is also electric car charging and bicycle storage on site, plus walks from the cottage door – the Monsal Trail can be joined from here. www.premiercottages.co.uk
Sandstone Trails, Cheshire
Originally the village bakery, Sandstone Trail Cottages, has been completely renovated re-using as much of the original building as possible to create two Green Tourism gold award-winning cottages which combine country charm with 21st Century comfort and style. This home from home provides the perfect base for two and also welcomes dogs. Enjoy walks straight from the cottage door onto the National Trust’s Bickerton Hills on the famous Sandstone Trail. www.premiercottages.co.uk
The Saltbox, Kent
With windows for walls, wake up to glorious sunrises and views across Elmley’s wild meadows, the only National Nature Reserve in England in which you can spend the night. With a luxurious king-sized bed looking out from the huge window – it even opens fully to really bring the outside in! Or if you want to bring the inside out, you can opt to shower under the stars. www.canopyandstars.co.uk/thesaltbox
Beacon Hill Farm, Northumberland
Situated between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline, the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills, Beacon Hill Farm is a 350-acre farm with plenty for facilities for all the family including: tennis court, games room, adventure play ground, cricket net, football pitch, Harry Potter woodland trail, a woodland ‘sausage sizzle’ camp and fly fishing.
All cottages and the spa are heated by a bio mass boiler, there are also150 solar panels onsite to create electricity and 1000 trees are planted annually on the estate. www.premiercottages.co.uk
Glynn Barton, Cornwall
Glynn Barton is a cluster of eight beautiful 18th century, environmentally friendly cottages in the Glynn Valley. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounded by stunning woods, fields, plants and wildlife, the family-friendly cottages have strong eco credentials and offer breathtaking views. They are located just minutes from many of Cornwall’s top attractions including the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock House. www.premiercottages.co.uk
Immerse yourself – in beautiful woodland, in the outdoor bath, in the deep duvets on the king size bed, in a blissful secluded tree cabin. There’s comfy seating in the lounge area by the window, but Humboldt is made to draw you out into nature, inviting you to soak in the roll top bathtub on the deck. Feel the cold crisp air on your face awaken your senses, as the steam from your hot bath opens your pores. www.canopyandstars.co.uk/humboldt
Field House Farm Cottages, Yorkshire
Field House Farm Cottages are seven delightful country properties sleeping between two and six guests. On a working farm, with field walks and a delightful pond area with seating and an abundance of wildlife, the cottages feature wood burning stoves, fed by the farm’s own timber plus ground source heating. There are also two accessible cottages for the less mobile. www.premiercottages.co.uk
High Barn Cottages, Yorkshire
High Barn offers five beautifully converted Victorian barns in a tranquil setting and has fantastic eco-credentials with a wind turbine for electricity, ground source heating, rain-water capture and wood burners fed by reconstituted wood briquettes. It’s also a wildlife haven with a wildflower meadow, nectar strips for birds and bees as well as a small orchard. Guests can also view Barn Owls via 24 hour webcam in each cottage. There are also accessible cottages for the less mobile. www.premiercottages.co.uk
Artisans Cottage, Pembrokeshire
Artisan Cottage is a wonderfully hand-crafted property, with exposed stone walls, a number of upcycled features and solar panels. Situated amongst the Preseli Hills, the three bedroom bolthole is well located for walks in the surrounding countryside, as well as sailing and cycling at the Llys y Fran reservoir. www.qualitycottages.co.uk/wales/west-wales/pembrokeshire/wolfscastle/artisans-cottage
Perched on a clifftop on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, the Premium Camping Pods at Highlands End Holiday Park – bookable through Pitchup.com (www.pitchup.com) – overlook the waters of Lyme Bay with bridleway access to walks of the World Heritage Coast. Feed the natives in the duck pond; kids can enjoy one of the two areas; take on the family at tennis or head to the nearby sand and shingle beach. As well as spectacular views and stunning landscapes, Highlands End Holiday Park holds a gold award in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards, one of the UK’s longest-running green tourism awards. The Premium Camping Pods were built in 2018 and sleep up to four with linen, toaster and kettle, dining table and chairs, and outdoor furniture included. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities.
Fort William, Scotland
The finest of both worlds with outdoor pursuits including whitewater rafting, quad biking and hiking nearby and a luxury berth to retire to at the end of each day exploring, Linnhe Lochside Holidays is renowned for its green credentials, with a gold award from the David Bellamy Conservation Awards. Available through Pitchup.com , the Locheil 2-bedroom (sleep up to 4) and Nevis 3-bedroom lodges (sleep up to 6) each feature an open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, and private bathroom, with a balcony overlooking the loch or gardens.
A peaceful site with an on-site pub converted from a 17th century barn, The Quiet Site’s Hobbit Hole microlodges (sleep up to 6) and Camping pods (sleep up to 4) – available through Pitchup.com – are a cosy home away from home. With ‘gold’ eco credentials (as part of the David Bellamy Conservation Awards), guests enjoy outdoor playgrounds and walking trails plus indoor games room, coupled with views of Ullswater. Huddled in secluded fells above a lake, this site is a favourite for families with a 17th century barn including a well-provisioned cellar popular with adults, and an upstairs playhouse and softplay centre for children.
The Stripy Bothy, Monmouthshire
Sitting out by the pond at sunset, drink in hand, with the sheep bleating in the fields and the chickens clucking behind the cabin makes you instantly relax into this peaceful corner of the Usk Valley, but there’s more to The Stripy Bothy than rural bliss. The glamorous interior doesn’t ignore natural beauty though, with a whole wall folding back to give you countryside views even when you’re lying in bed.
Owner Craig is a book worm and is soon to be launching a book and dinner club for guests who share his passion for literature. Craig picks a book a few weeks before you stay and on your final night you dine with him to discuss.www.canopyandstars.co.uk/thestripybothy