Green Holidays in England
Perhaps the most environmentally-friendly holiday decision you can make is to go for a staycation and enjoy what's on offer on your doorstep. Weeks of sunshine and soaring temperatures can't be guaranteed, but verdant England has so much to offer...
From roaming the peaks of the North, cycling through the Lake District and the picturesque cotswolds to eco-cabins in Shropshire and homestays in our vibrant and historic cities and sailing breaks along the South West's stunning coast, an eco-friendly break in England is a wonderful opportunity.
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Featured below is our selection of the best 'greenest' places to stay and holidays we have come across throughout England:
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£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
Weekly £375 to £575
Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
For 4 nights midweek: Orchid cottage from £170 (sleeps 2) Rose/Lavender/ Iris cottage from £225 (sleeps 4), Jasmine/ Emerald/ Poppy from £255 (sleeps 6), Ruby cottage from £285 (sleeps 6), Diamond/ Sapphire from £325 (sleeps 6), Pine Lodge from £375 (sleeps 4)
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
Sleep 4 £460 - £795 a week, Sleep 6 £650 - £1180 a week depending on time of year
weekly rate £490. For short breaks and weekends please contact us for detailed information
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Prices from £15 - £139 (Dorm Beds - 6 bed private rooms)
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Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
The Rest and Be Thankful Inn
If the name isn’t enough to entice you to Wheddon Cross, the jovial, country-pub ambience should be: honest, home-cooked fare and well-kept ales are popular with locals and ramblers alike. Bedrooms in the 200-year-old inn are furnished with crisp cotton sheets, soft white bathrobes and a whiff of hotel-standard luxury – mini bar, safe, high-quality toiletries; all five are en-suite, three with dramatic views of the moor and Dunkery Beacon. When the day’s hiking or cycling is done, pop your boots in the drying room or your bike in the secure store, and settle in by the crackling fire for a pint and perhaps a game of skittles in the bar’s alley. Doubles £85 B&B.
Stand on the terrace of this handsome stone-and-slate house and you take in wonderful views over Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve. Sleeping eight, the prettily secluded property is about 10 miles from Bridport and is well devised for small groups: there’s a spacious sitting room with woodburning stove; a conservatory ideally positioned for watching great sunsets; a well equipped kitchen (from the window you may see deer grazing); and five bedrooms - one suitable for wheelchair use. Beech Cottage is part of the Kingcombe Centre, which is run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust and offers inspirational courses on the natural world from a separate complex. From £174-£1,688 per week (short breaks available, prices on request)
The nearest railway station is Maiden Newton, which is walkable at only 3 miles away. To take a bus from the station to the cottage, walk left out of the station and then right onto Cattistock Road, from where you can take the 73 bus which will drop you close to the cottage.
Tudor Caravan Park
Tudor Caravan Park prides itself on being one of the best located caravan & campsites in Gloucestershire. A quiet country caravan site right alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, an easy 5 minute walk from the world famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Slimbridge. More pertinently, there is an adult only area, and a shower block now open in the Meadow features large showers cubicles, private washing cubicles, combined shower, basin & WC cubicles, baby-changing, full disabled facilities including shower room, indoor washing-up area, & laundry. All this has underfloor heating for the delicate. Voted Cotswolds Caravan Park Of The Year 2014 and awarded a Gold gong - so well done them! From £8 a night
The Cresswell Arms
This village inn, built in the 1800s, has ten newly renovated en-suite bedrooms around a shrub-filled courtyard. With good home cooking and guest ales, a real fire in the restaurant and all mod-cons in your bedroom, including free wi-fi, digital radio and kettle, this traditional inn makes for a homely and comfortable base from which to explore the area, perhaps by bike? There is secure bike storage and you could take your bikes on the train to Malton, just three miles away. From £85 per night.
The Hideaway at Baxby Manor
If you appreciate the quiet life and would rather listen to the dawn chorus from your tent than stay in a caravan hooked up to electricity and play crazy golf, this small, off-the-beaten track campsite is for you. Winners of a gold award in the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Awards, there are just 40 pitches on this six-acre site bounded by a stream. Campfires are allowed; noise is not. If you fancy glamping, there are four-person wooden eco-pods or canvas bell tents. Lanterns, barbecues and other basics are provided but bring your own bedding. Heat for the swish wood-cabin toilet and shower block comes from a biomass boiler and waste is recycled. From £18 per night.
A great location for exploring the limestone scenery of the Three Peaks, Wood View in Austwick is one of the villages oldest farmhouses, dating from around 1700 and has many original features such as open fires and beamed low ceilings. A three-storey stone building overlooking the village green, there are five rooms and breakfasts are a hearty, leisurely affair.
There’s an appealing mix of attributes here: superlative views over Eype Downs towards the sea in one direction and up to lovely Colmers Hill in another; glorious breakfasts, served whenever possible on the patio; and easy access to some of the most iconic features of Dorset. You’re within walking distance of the South West Coast Path and the high point of Golden Cap, while the beaches of Eype and Seatown are both a mile and a half away. Owners John and Pauline Bale exude enthusiasm for the area, and in addition to offering four comfy B&B rooms they run country living workshops such as hedgerow basket making. From £80 for two B&B
Take the train to Dorchester South railway station, which has a regular service from London Waterloo. From there, take the X31 bus to the Bridport stop from where you will be able to see the farm.
Built on the site of a Benedictine abbey, the Bedford is a grand, crenelated hotel in the centre of the stannary town of Tavistock. In contrast to its grand, stone-clad exterior, rooms are bright and welcoming, some with four-poster beds, while the respected Woburn restaurant dishes up innovative cuisine featuring local, seasonal ingredients. Like its sister property, the Two Bridges Hotel, the Bedford encourages visitors to stretch their legs on Dartmoor, offering special walking and cycling breaks including three-course dinners and bike storage, and the garden is a lovely spot in which to relax after a day on the moor. Special events include wine-tasting evenings, jazz lunches and comedy nights. From £70 per person B&B; two-night breaks from £135 including breakfast and one dinner.
Burcott Mill Guest House
Burcott Mill is one of only two working watermills in Somerset; it’s Victorian cogs still churn away to produce organic wholemeal flour. Friendly owners, Louise and Steve French, have sensitively converted some of the mill buildings into delightful B&B rooms and a cosy self-catering bolthole for two. Visitors are free to wander around the mill museum. Country pubs, beautiful walks, and historic market towns are all on your doorstep. Doubles from £65 for two.
Take the train to Castle Cary - from here, take the 67 bus from to Wells on the bus route from Wells to Wookey. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network also passes nearby.
Hackings Caravan Park
This friendly, quiet Caravan Park has been run by the Hacking Family for 60 years, and they pride themselves on making it a haven for birds and wildlife. In fact, their tireless conservation work on the site on everything from recycling to reducing consumption and encouraging biodiversity, has won them a Gold GTBS Award and a Gold David Bellamy Award. Location wise, this site couldn’t be better situated. Right in the heart of the Ribble Valley, it’s surrounded by stunning views of Pendle Hill, Whalley Nab, Kemple End and Longridge and is next door to the historical village of Whalley.
Callestock Courtyard Cottages
Cornish pasties straight from Liz’s oven every Tuesday, breakfast hampers bursting with local goodies and irresistible cream teas (aga-baked scones) on arrival: the food alone is reason enough to stay here. The six lovely barns and cottages have sleek, contemporary interiors (leather sofas, wood-burners, oak furniture) and there’s plenty to do without the car – a bumper pack of ideas awaits you in the cottages. Liz and Nick are super green, too: they have even installed photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine. From £320 per week.
From Newquay Railway Station, catch the 586 bus to Zelah, Two Barrows Hill. Take the first right and then the first left until you see the cottages. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network pass through Zelah.
Ladram Bay Holiday Park
Ladram Bay has its own beach and spectacular sea views. There are level grass pitches for tents with electric hook-up or hard-standing for caravans. If the sea views and private beach aren’t enough entertainment there’s a plethora of things to do on site, from an indoor pool to crazy golf and a night-club. The park recycles and re-uses where possible and is working with nearby attractions to offer direct coach travel, thus reducing the number of cars on the road.
Carrs Farm Bunkhouse
This unique camping barn and environmental study area is located on an organic farm in Wolsingham. Sleeping up to 21 people, the bunkhouse has been converted from an old byre, and is fully self-sufficient on a combination of solar and wind power, with a wood burning stove and rain water harvest system. The accommodation is split into two en-suite rooms (each sleeping six) and a larger room sleeping an extra nine, all of which offer far-reaching views over Weardale and the North Pennines. If you're after an activity holiday this is a great option, with the likes of cycling, walking, fishing and even horse riding just a short distance away.
The Hawthornes Self-Catering Lodges & Caravan Site
With luxurious, fully-fitted wooden lodges, a lovely B&B, and a well-placed caravan site, there’s something for every kind of break or holiday at the Hawthornes. Close to pretty Pickering, the Hawthornes is well located for everything the North York Moors have to offer, all meals use home-grown or locally-sourced produce, cyclists and walkers are welcome, and each lodge is equipped with a lovely log burner for cosy evenings up in the Moors! From £580 per week for a lodge, £14 per night for a caravan
Strawberry Line B&B
You’ll have reservoir views across landscaped gardens at this homely little 2-bedroomed B&B in medieval Axbridge. Rooms are spacious with comfy easy chairs and lots of light through huge windows. Generous, locally-sourced breakfasts will set you up for the day's exploration of the surrounding hills, and there’s bike storage for those arriving on two wheels. John and Sue are a mine of information on what to do in the local area, and the Strawberry Line cycle way, after which the B&B is named, is just yards from the door. Doubles from £55; triple from £75.
Take the train to Weston Milton Railway Station, and from there take the 126 bus to Axbridge, Cheddar Road. Route 26 on th National Cycle Network also passes through Axbridge.
The Organic Farm Shop
There are lots of different ways to stay on Abbey Home Farm whether you choose a tent, a yurt, the hut, the shepherds hut or the lovely holiday cottage. The shop and cafe are open on Sundays so you can enjoy a homegrown sunday lunch and/or a good browse in the shop as well as long walks on the farm or sightseeing around Cirencester. Bring/come on your own bikes or hire them locally - its not too hilly here! Prices from £12 per night for camping
The nearest train station is Kemble, which is 5 miles from Cirencester.
Bus number 881/855 runs from the station to Cirencester town centre.
St Anne's B&B
Gold members of Green Tourism Business Scheme and probably the first to sign up when they rolled the scheme out in Gloucestershire in 2006, St Anne's has 3 bedrooms. Initially set up to cater for walkers, especially those walking The Cotswold Way which passes the front door. Iris ran walking holidays before her family came along and it has been a natural progression to offer B&B to walkers. Painswick is really absolutely perfect as a walking base: half way along the Cotswold Way, but also at the centre of quite outstanding walking country with beech woods, unspoilt limestone commons, orchards, valleys and streams. Circular walks branch out and loop back to Painswick taking in some of the finest pubs you could wish for. Both Greg and Iris are involved in restoring the wildflower meadows on the surrounding commons with their small herd of Dexter cattle. They also started the village Orchard Group which encourages the planting of heritage orchard trees, organise juicing and cider making in the community as a way to encourage people to use the fruit from their trees. Naturally they only serve their own pressed apple juice for breakfast! 5 rooms available from £50 per night.
The Mount House
This delightful village house on the Castle Howard estate has two guest bedrooms, one double, one twin. The double has views over rooftops of the village of Terrington to open countryside while the ground-floor twin room has a private book-lined sitting room. Folio prints, embroidered samplers and polished mahogany furniture blend with contemporary art and fresh cut flowers giving an air of refined homeliness. There is a large garden, perfect for dining al fresco. Owner Kathryn Hill is a former chef, trained in classic French cuisine. She can provide two or four-course dinners with advance notice. (£25 - £40). From £90 per night.
Cornish Yurt Holidays, Cornwall, England
A small yurt camp on the edge of Bodmin Moor that provides a relaxing and comfortable retreat in the Cornish countryside. All three yurts have their own secluded spot, beautifully and luxuriously furnished, with double beds and woodburning stove.Price: Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway. From there, take the 555 bus to The Shire House Mount Folly in Bodmin, and then the 251 bus to St Breward. The campsite will give more detailed directions upon booking. Cyclists can access the area via Route 3, Cornish Way or the West Country Way on the National Cycle Network.
With lovely antiques, finest Egyptian cotton sheets, open-fires and expensive toiletries, this splendid wisteria-clad four-bedroom B&B offers a touch of class. Surrounded by eight acres of land, including picturesque orchards, Larkbeare Grange is green in more ways than one: some of your electricity comes from solar power and there are bicycles to borrow.
The Salty Monk
This restaurant-with-rooms has six individually decorated bedrooms. King-size beds, freestanding baths and power showers, private courtyards and garden views are just some of the features you can choose. All rooms have wi-fi, tea- and coffee-making with homemade biscuits, chilled bottled water and, erm, a teddy-bear on the bed. Take him down to breakfast and you might be able to blag extra portions. From £120 per night.
Brook Lodge Farm
Hidden in the historic hamlet of Cowslip Green, Brook Lodge is a peaceful, sheltered site with a strong environmental conscience. Bordered by a stream on one side, it is surrounded by wild flowers and wildlife and a labyrinth of country lanes making it a haven for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers. Their impressive eco efforts include solar-heated hot water for the showers, a strict recycling policy, and an annual tree-planting programme - this lead to them being awarded Gold by the Green Business Scheme Award.
The nearest railway station is Yatton. A list of local taxi firms who can collect you from the station is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accesible by bicycle. Routes 26 and 410 on the National Cycle Network run nearby.
The Ormond at Tetbury
The Ormond, a traditional Cotswold coaching inn with 15 rooms, has welcomed travellers since the 17th century. Ideally located in the centre of Tetbury, it's a great base from which to relax, eat well, drink well and explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Prices from £65 per room
The views from the six self-catering cottages on a 175-acre farm outside the village of Gilling East, will make a city-dweller weep: rolling wooded hills of pasture and, in the foreground, colourful herbaceous borders of the farmhouse gardens (which are occasionally open to the public). The cottages, sleeping from two to six, have been sensitively converted from cart sheds and a granary, and feature original stone arches, exposed stone walls, beams and the red pantiled roofs typical of North Yorkshire, without skipping on any modern comforts. The central heating and plentiful hot water come from a biomass boiler. From £250 per week.
Vale of Pickering Caravan Park
Within easy reach of all the North York Moors and its dramatic coastline have to offer, this family-run caravan park can accommodate touring caravans and motorhomes up to 27 foot in length, as well as the possibility of pitching your tent. A spacious, gardened site, it is equipped with all facilities (disabled access) including a shop and play area; it is also close to historic Pickering and Helmsley, and the Howardian Hills are within easy reach. From £16 per pitch per night
Built in the mid-17th century by James Boevey, first warden of Exmoor forest, the fortunes of stately Simonsbath House have waxed and waned over the years – though the views along the Barle Valley haven’t suffered. Today, ten spacious en-suite bedrooms, some with four-posters and each with its own character (plus TV and tea and coffee facilities), offer a little more comfort than in the early 1700s when tenant John Dennicombe burned the doors and floors. Oak-wood panelling and fireplaces lend manor-house gravitas to the bar, while the elegant restaurant dishes up locally sourced dishes – salmon in tempura butter, Exmoor fillet Rossini, West Country cheeses and homemade Simonsbath House ice cream. Doubles from £110 B&B.
The nearest railway station is Umberleigh. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi.
Not far from the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx and below the dramatic hills and moors of the North York Moors National Park, the lovely little town of Helmsley boasts a fantastic youth hostel for those looking for a budget option from which to explore the many attractions of the area. Clean, comfortable, and not at all Spartan, the hostel is perfectly placed for a leisurely country stroll or a more challenging walk or cycle across the varied Yorkshire terrain. From £18 per person per night in a dormitory, rooms from £27 per night
In the heart of the National Park in the pretty village of Appletreewick, Masons Campsite makes a lovely base. Bring your own tent or caravan but if you’d like something a little more glam opt for an airstream vintage caravan or you could always rent a tent on site instead.
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