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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Standard Double Room - £198.00 per room Superior Double Room - £248.00 per...
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
From £223 for 2 nights in low season to £814 for 7 nights in high season
Week - Coot Cottage sleep 2 + cot £765.00, sleep 6 Avocet £1679.00, Sleep...
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
3 night minimum stay. From £300 for 3 nights (in accommodation sleeping 2-...
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Weekly £375 to £575
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
Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn
From £200 for a three night mid week break to £550 for a full week in high season
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
Single £65.00, Doubles £90, Deluxe Kings £105, Suite £120
3 night minimum stay. From £300 for 3 nights (in accommodation sleeping 2-3 people) up to £700 per week (in accommodation sleeping 2-4 people)
£35 per person per night
weekly rate £490. For short breaks and weekends please contact us for detailed information
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
Dorms: from £14.50; double rooms from £49
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29
From £435 per week
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
B&B £80 per night £95 for one night at a weekend. Self-catering £250-£350 per week
£235 per night for 2 people fully inclusive of all meals, canal cruising, accommodation, parking and meditation sessions. B&B is £90 per night for 2 people (limited availability). Yoga & Foraging weekends are £275 per night for 2 people fully inclusive. Day trips are £300 for 4-8 people.
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
From £166 per night midweek (3 night minimum)
£15 for one-man tent; £22 for 2 adults
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
One bedroom cottages: short break (3-4nights) £136-£231, 7 nights £195-£330; Two bedroom cottages: short break £154-£343, 7 nights £220-£410
High season: £55 per night (1-3 persons), plus £55 short break supplement if stay is less than 1 week. Low season £35 per night plus £35 short break supplement
Webbington Farm Holiday Cottages
Deep in cider-making country are these three converted oak-beamed barns, set around a courtyard on a working cattle farm. Sleeping between 4-6 people, each barn has beautiful well-equipped kitchens, pretty quilts on comfy beds, and leather sofas. The owners are committed to the environment and have planted 10,000 trees on the farm, replanted an apple orchard and have installed a reed bed. Keen anglers will appreciate a spot of private fishing (the farm has its own river frontage on the River Axe) and kids will love getting to know the animals on site.
The nearest railway station is Weston Milton. From there, you can arrange a short journey by cab to the cottages. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi. The area is easily accessible by bicycle, with local routes including Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
No surprises for guessing the location of this smart coastal hotel. But while it may stand proudly on the seafront Seaview is actually the name of the surrounding village, a one-time fishing community. The hotel’s 13 bedrooms are split between a modern annexe and a former bank building and all are individually decorated, some with nautical blue and white, others with hints of driftwood or flashes of hot pink. When the sun slips over the yardarm, drinkers can choose between the Pump Bar, a traditional pub, or the Naval Bar, inspired by a typical officer’s mess cabin. Book a table at the restaurant and much of what you eat will be sourced from the deer, cattle, pigs and hens on the hotel’s own farm. Doubles from £125, B&B.
Set in a Victorian townhouse in Cowes, this contemporary B&B has a choice of four light, bright and elegant guest rooms. Take your pick then wake up the next morning with perfectly poached, free-range, organic eggs or a full monty (if you’d rather a continental spread you can have it delivered to your room). If that doesn’t fill you up for the day, freshly made picnic lunches can also be ordered. Doubles from £85, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 1. Nearest stop: Rashleys.
Enjoy an authentic stately home experience at this lavish castle hotel, set in 200 acres of parkland in the the Nidderdale AONB. Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, you’ll feel like you’re in a family home (albeit a rather grand one!). Food plays a major part in any stay – there’s a genuine commitment to minimising food miles, a vast kitchen garden, award-winning restaurant and cookery school. Measures to reduce carbon emissions and power consumption, plus the installation of an eco-friendly laundry have helped win the hotel a Green Tourism Business Scheme gold. The family also runs the surrounding 20,000-acre Swinton Estate and guests can indulge in everything from fishing to falconry and riding (oh, and there’s a lovely spa if you just want to kickback).
Regency living in contemporary Brighton, just a hop and a skip from the seafront. This friendly B&B, in one of the city’s glorious Georgian terraces, is a real home from home with sea views, delicious locally-sourced organic breakfasts, comfortable bedrooms in neutral tones; the owners are a font of knowledge on Brighton and the surrounding area and will happily help you plan an itinerary. They are also committed to the environment and their efforts have won them many awards, including a silver award for the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Following a recent extension and refurbishment project, Howe Keld has quickly garnered a reputation for offering modern, award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation only a short hop from Keswick and Lake Derwentwater. The owners have also installed a new gas condenser boiler, dual flush toilets and a range of other green initiatives to improve sustainability and have been awarded a GTBS Gold award for their efforts. Much of the furniture in the bedrooms and suites has been constructed by a local craftsman using local, naturally felled hardwoods. During breakfast the emphasis is very much placed on local produce, with the likes of home baked organic bread and locally sourced meats peppering the menu.
Attention to detail is what makes Rebecca and Donald’s family-friendly 19th century, single-storey holiday cottage, Easthorpe Lodge, so special. Many little things a family with children could need are provided, from baby wipes to cotton buds and books. With its well-equipped kitchen, cooks enjoy it too. Interiors mix pale walls and carpets with antique and contemporary furniture while the neat walled garden is all country cottage charm. Just three miles from Malton, this quiet spot is easy to reach by train and bike. There’s a secure garage for bikes and maps with cycle routes. Sleeps 4+1. From £305 per week.
Homelands is a B&B of comfort, style and elegance in a convenient semi-rural location very close to Cheltenham. With it's own 2 acre garden and fantastic views on Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill, where guests can walk through Bushcombe Wood and access The Cotswolds Way. The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) starts at the front door. Homelands has en-suite bedrooms and breakfast that is top-of-the range including homemade delicious jams and conserves, home-baked bread, and their own dry-cured Gloucester Old Spot bacon and very tasty sausages and a daily “special” on the blackboard, such as cold smoked trout and scrambled eggs, porridge with our own honey, or Continental style cold meats. The Deer Stalker’s special, smoked salmon, cray-fish, kippers and poached smoked haddock make a regular appearance. Why would you ever want to leave? Rooms and breakfast from £37
West Leas Farm
The stone barns on West Leas Farm close to Ripon, have been converted into five lovely cottages. Each has its own character, though all offer everything you need for self-catering in comfort (they sleep from two to five people). The villages of Kirkby Malzeard and Galphay are within walking distance and the location’s great for exploring all Nidderdale has to offer.
‘Cycling Heaven’ Holidays, The Old Lodge, Malton
The Old Lodge Malton in North Yorkshire offers cycling holidays, developed in partnership with Malton’s Northern Ride Cycles, Malton in response to the successful Tour de Yorkshire that passed through the area on 1-4th May 2016 and the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014. Choose from a series of cycling trails on safe routes, with advice from the experts at Northern Ride Cycles, cycles are supplied for guests who need them. Prices available on application
The Old Club House
The National Trust manages 15 historic holiday cottages on the island, from a 1970s lovenest with dramatic sea views to an old stone farmhouse tucked in a bucolic valley. This one, sleeping five, is a former golf clubhouse. Beyond the unusual exterior what sets this one apart is its accessibility. Unlike so many historic properties, it caters brilliantly for disabled visitors with adapted facilities that include a wheelchair-friendly shower room. From £385 per week.
The Threshing Barn
The Threshing Barn is one of two beautifully converted properties in the grounds of Lamarsh Hall, a 15th-century home in the peaceful village of Lamarsh, just outside Sudbury. Owner Helen will give you a warm welcome and make sure you have all the essentials when you arrive, from milk to fresh eggs and even some produce from her kitchen garden. The barn has a spacious living and dining area, two double bedrooms with en-suite, a utility room, modern kitchen and patio area outside. Wave hello to Helen’s horses who live next door as you set off in the morning to explore the local area, whether it’s picking up the public footpaths that pass through the village or heading up to Sudbury to visit Gainsborough’s House.
Tucked away in the old orchard just a hop from the River Tamar (heaven for twitchers), the delightful dog-friendly pine chalets – all named after old Cornish apple varieties, of course – have airy open plan living and cheerful interiors, offering the perfect family escape. Each chalet has a sundeck, parasol and chairs in fenced gardens. The two white stone cottages – Bramley and Orchard – have beams, log-burners and a cosy cottage feel. Let your little ones run riot in the heathland and woods, and there are activities aplenty – horse riding, cycling, surfing.
The closest railway station is Looe. It is perhaps easiest to book a taxi from the station using TrainTaxi. Looe is also near Route 2 on the Natioknal Cycle Network.
Perched on the slopes of Hollerday Hill, Ingleside’s heritage as a Victorian ‘gentleman’s residence’ is proudly maintained by owners Keith and Diana, who have refurbished the seven en-suite bedrooms to a high standard. All enjoy wonderful vistas – the largest, Lynton View, boasts a balcony and panoramic views across Lynton to Countisbury Hill and Foreland Point – as well as flatscreen TVs and wifi. That local pride extends to the kitchen, where West Country breakfast ingredients are cooked on an Aga. Head out onto the moor or along the coast on foot, and relax in the guest lounge with a book or a board game. Doubles from £70 B&B (reductions for stays of more than one night).
Sleeping up to six, in three bedrooms, the walls and tables of this Victorian seaside villa are draped with such a wide array of collectables – from a group of artfully hung lutes to a flotilla of miniature ships in bottles – that if you took time to admire them all you might never make it out of the door. That would be a shame, though. Three minutes’ walk from the nearest beach, ‘Becky’s House’, as Ramillies is also known, is set in great walking territory. It’s also popular among foodies, with several excellent restaurants within walking distance. From £795 per week.
Get there by bus: Bus route 3. Nearest stop: Ventnor Boots.
You’ll find this pretty B&B is in the village of East Bergholt, childhood home of John Constable and right at the heart of Dedham Vale. It has three cosy twin-bedded rooms, each with a washbasin, TV and tea-making facilities, and all have lovely views over the gardens which owner Natalie Finch has nurtured for over 40 years. Don’t be surprised if Nat has a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake waiting for you on arrival, and she knocks up a pretty mean fried breakfast too, using locally sourced ingredients as matter of course.
The nearest railway station is Manningtree, from where you can take the 92 bus to East Bergholt. The village is also on Route 1 on the National Cycle Network, as well as the South Suffolk Cycle Route.
This 4* B&B offers the warmest of welcomes with freshly baked scones with butter and jam waiting for you on arrival. It has two comfortable and spacious bedrooms available with gorgeous views over the Sabden Valley, and in the morning you can watch the hens clucking around the garden whilst the cook rustles up a delicious home-cooked breakfast using the freshest eggs laid just hours before. There’s easy access to two public footpaths that cross the farm, three nearby golf courses and horse riding and fishing available nearby.
Beyond the pale yellow turreted house sweeps the Tamar. Pentillie’s gardens (2,000 acres) extend down to the river; it even has its own beautiful bathing hut, jutting out into the water – a perfect launchpad for a quick swim. The house was built in 1698 by a James Tillie – there’s still a statue of him in the mausoleum. Time has done little to fade the majesty of this place: huge, gracious guest bedrooms and interiors stuffed with history and heritage. And, as if we didn’t love this place enough already, they’re greener than green: they have solar panels, electric car charging points, a borehole, woodburners, and wonderful, locally-sourced breakfasts, with bacon and sausages from farms on the estate, Pentillie honey and apple juice, and homemade granola and compote. From £100 for two.
The closest railway station is Plymouth. From there, take the 576 bus to Paynters Cross. The castle will be directly in front of you. Alternatively, Paynters Cross lies close to the Bere Pensinsula Route on the National Cycle Network.
In the lovely village of Kirkby Malzeard, Cowscot House is a converted barn and stables with four bright rooms and charming owners, Liz Woolston and Mike Hurford. Besides all the village offers (two pubs, a tea room, a fish and chip shop – what more could you want?!), you’re right in North Yorkshire’s rural heart, with footpaths just yards from the house. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire Moors and gorgeous coast are all closeby, as well as Ripon, Masham and Pateley Bridge. The award-winning breakfast is boasts homemade bread, eggs from the smallholding and the finest bacon and sausages from local butchers. Afternoon tea’s another treat after a day out walking.
The eight en-suite bedrooms at this charming, stone-clad Lynton guesthouse ooze elegance and individuality. Each has a distinctive personality: some feature wrought-iron or brass-knobbed bedspreads, pleasingly solid oak furniture and delicate floral Laura Ashley wallpaper; several have balconies, while one even has a small private patio, and all offer free wifi, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast caters equally well for carnivores and special diets – fear not, vegans or ye of gluten or lactose intolerance – and there’s a commendable reliance on local and Fairtrade produce. Doubles from £80 B&B (minimum two-night stay; reductions for longer bookings).
The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, from where you can take the 310 bus to Lynton. From there it is just a short walk to Lynton House. Lynton also lies on the Regional Route 51 on the National Cycle Network.
Sensitively renovated and beautifully furnished cottages with soft leather sofas, delightful bedrooms, aga, and plenty of original features throughout. This romantic oak-beamed cottage with pretty sunny courtyard provides a perfect central base for exploring the Peak District. Guests are introduced to locally made products and specialities. Amongst other environmental actions, the owners have a waste and recycling policy and have begun an energy-saving programme.
Take the train to Grindleford railway station, which is 5 miles away. From there, take the 65 bus to Litton village. A short walk will bring you to the cottage. Route 68 on the National Cycle Network passes close to Litton.
A lovingly restored 18th century cow mistle and granary, Covill Barn enjoys a gorgeous location overlooking Gouthwaite Nature Reserve. Owners Sue and John have created a real home from home experience, and pride themselves on serving up fantastic breakfasts. As well as the two rooms within the house (a twin and a double), there’s a self-catering granary sleeping two attached to the barn – all super-clean and comfy. Set in pretty gardens next to a stream, Covill Barn makes a perfect base for walking, mountain biking, birdwatching and sightseeing in the Nidderdale area.
BW Leigh Park Hotel and Vineyard
Leigh Park Country House Hotel & Vineyard, located in the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon, near Bath, is set in five acres of landscaped gardens, overlooking the picturesque Wiltshire Downs including 600 Reichensteiner vines. A classical Georgian country house hotel with charm, character and a subtle elegance it has its own Vine conservatoire Restaurant offering both traditional English and International cuisine using prime local produce together with home grown organic fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. The Hotel offers 38 individually designed bedrooms; more traditional style rooms in the main house and sixteen brand new contemporary in the former Coach House. Rooms from £65 per night.
Artist Residence & Art Gallery
From the moment you arrive at the bright pink front door, you know you are in for a different hotel experience. This place claims to not just be a bed, but an idea. The rooms here are works of art in themselves, each one designed and decorated by a local artist handpicked by a member of staff. The art gallery stages a new exhibition every month, the proceeds of which go directly to the artist. The location’s not bad either – it’s ideally placed to allow you to get to the best bits of Brighton by foot.
Bike Smart Cycle Hire
Bike Smart opened in Wadebridge in 1996 with just 50 bikes which has now increased to a fleet of over 200, fully licensed to hire bikes for use on the Camel Trail, they stock Claud Butler and Land Rover bikes in both mountain and hybrid variety, together with bikes for children. The Weehoo iGO trailers are used for kids who want to come along for the ride and are suitable for 3 – 8 year olds. There are also child seats, Croozer trailers, tandems and specialised cycles suitable for the disabled available. FREE on-site parking is offered to customers hiring bikes for the Camel Trail. Opening times: All Year - 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm and during the summer evening rides along the Trail are offered from 3.30pm – 8.00pm
Prices: £6.00 - £30.00
A 17th century Manor House overlooking the River Ribble, with five fully equipped campsites, each with their own unique landscaping. Waddow is within easy reach of some beautiful trails within the Lancashire countryside, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and makes a great base for groups who want to get active in the great outdoors. Abseiling, archery, canoeing, climbing are just some of the activities that can be arranged, and there is also catered and self-catered indoor accommodation available in the main hall.
Into The Woods
Up on the north coast, surrounded by farmland and woods, the Treehouse sleeps up to six and is one for style-minded treehuggers. Divided into two separate buildings – living and sleeping areas are connected via wooden decking – the overall feel is one of Nordic cosiness, with a wood-burning stove, hand-built timber kitchen and a shower with a view. Eco bunnies will also be happy at this TV-free retreat; waste water runs into a reed bed in the woods and the toilet is a modern Scandinavian composting one. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay with a larger group the site also has a collection of shepherd’s huts for rent. From £550 per week.
Get there by bus: Bus route 9. Nearest stop: Wootton Lushington Hill.
Hucklesbrook Farm Cottages
Each of the four Hucklesbrook cottages is set within a colorful courtyard hidden behind a beautiful 17th Century farmhouse. Views from the South facing windows look over farmland, woodland and the New Forest to the east. Rooms are clean, light and warm and each cottage has a garden and private patio. Children will love the collection of friendly farm animals roaming the area (including 4 ponies and 3 ducks) and are free to collect the hen's eggs. A range of activities including pony trekking are available nearby.
This homely two-bedroom self-catering cottage in the village of Slingsby shares a large garden to the rear, with a lawn that is perfect for kicking a ball around. Slingsby is easy to reach by public transport, being served by regular buses from Malton, where there is a train station. The bus stop is just 200 metres away from the house. The village pub is only two doors away.
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