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Greentraveller Newsletter January 2011

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:22 on Wednesday 05 January 2011
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January Newsletter: A word from the editor

Yurt camps and other luxury campsites have been springing up all over the country. They’re waterproof, big enough to house a four-poster bed as well as a wood stove to keep you snug under a sheepskin cover. It's all a far cry from roll mats, sleeping bags and dripping fly sheets! 
New on greentraveller this month is an exclusive range of luxury campsites, and other beautiful, quirky places to stay in some of the loveliest corners of the country, including luxurious eye-catching geodomes in the ancient Forest of Dean, a gypsy caravan in Cornwall, a handcrafted wagon in Wiltshire, a beautiful wooden lakeside lodge in the Lake District and a yurt camp in the Cairngorms, Scotland.
See the full list: Luxury Campsites in the UK.
We also feature a range of luxury campsites in Europe. One of my personal favourites is in Andalucia. It’s one thing to plonk a yurt at the bottom of a field and call it luxury camping, but it’s quite another to buy a private meadow in the south of Spain, import yurts from Mongolia and Afghanistan, drill a well, install an outdoor swimming pool, and provide guests with three-course candlelit dinners with produce from your own garden. Then run it all off-grid. Do take a look at the Hoopoe Yurt Hotel and other Luxury Campsites in Europe
Happy Glamping!
Richard Hammond

News and Events
13 Jan: Richard Hammond to launch Visit Scotland's Sustainable Tourism Project, Stirling, Scotland
18 Jan: Catherine Mack & 
Richard Hammond to speak at Northern Ireland Tourism Masterclass on 'Tourism and the Green Agenda', Newcastle, Northern Ireland
30 Jan: Richard Hammond to speak at the Adventure Travel Show, Royal Horticultural Halls, London

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£190 for 2 nights until the end of February at Yarlington Yurt, Somerset

Luxurious ‘Lazy Sunday’ winter break at The Green House, Bournemouth for £85

3 nights for the price of 2 at In Motion Farm Bed & Breakfast near Brussels, Belgium

Yarlington Yurt, Somerset
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In Motion Bed and Breakfast, Belgium
Stay at the wonderfully eccentric Yarlington Yurt in the  grounds of a Georgian house, best described as late 18th Century style with French influence. The yurt sleeps 4, with a comfortable double bed and 2 single beds.
Enjoy an indulgent Sunday at this luxurious boutique hotel in sunny, sandy Bournemouth, with a complementary glass of champagne, six course tasting menu, comfortable double room, breakfast and late checkout.
Enjoy a peaceful retreat at this converted farmhouse with tasty organic breakfast and dinners in a picturesque village in Belgium - only 45 minutes by train from Brussels. Book now for this special offer valid until end of February.

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Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland
“This is foremost a haven for children and parents, but with good walking, the coast within easy distance, nice pubs and cosy flats, it is also an excellent choice for anyone wanting to explore some of the best bits of the West Country.“  Reviewed by Holly Gee
“Make booking here your first new year’s resolution: it really is a tranquil spot for a relaxed family reunion or hen party this coming year – guests can benefit from the spa and gym facilities then congregate for a hearty winter BBQ in the fairytale Gingerbread house.”  Reviewed by Alison Thompson
“Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites is a work of art, in that it sustains and celebrates all of the island’s natural and cultural heritage while still managing to wrap guests up in a cocoon that is chic but not pretentious and with hospitality that exceeds all expectations.” Reviewed by Catherine Mack

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Discover the resplendent Andalucian cities of Granada, Cordoba and Seville on this Spanish holiday by train. From the historic Alhambra in Granada, to the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, there is something for everyone. Embark on a cultural tour of Turkey and Greece taking in magnificent sites, quiet coves, wondrous walks, breathtaking vistas and glorious swims. You’ll set sail on a gulet and head east to Göçek and on to Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
From the colourful souks of Marrakech to the pretty stone-built villages of the Berber people, this is Morocco at its most authentic. The trek around Jebel Toubkai mountain, culminating in its ascent, is one of the world's greatest walks. 

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