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.
To learn more, see our guide on How to tell if a hotel is green
Featured below is our selection of the best 'greenest' places to stay and holidays we have come across throughout England:
Featured places to stay in England
See more places to stay in England
Featured Holidays in England
See more holidays in England
Featured Articles on England
A selection of the best green places to stay in England. Check availability and book the best prices.
Here's a video of a day I spent using our new Green London map to explore the capital, from its organic pubs, shops and markets to 'Boris biking'...
Here is the full list of winners of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010...
How to travel overland from Europe to England
Our detailed rail journey planner shows you how to travel by train from over 40 destinations in Europe to London, detailing where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Here are a few examples of itineraries:
Train from Barcelona to London
Train from Berlin to London
Train from Brussels to London
Train from Lille to London
Train from Madrid to London
Train from Marseille to London
Train from Paris to London
Train from Rome to London
Train from Stockholm to London
Train from Vienna to London
Travelling to England by ferry is now so much easier thanks to the recent upgrading of many cross-channel services and as well as from Spain, Ireland and Denmark. Our ferry journey planner provides in-depth information, including intermediate travel, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets for the following ferry crossings:
Ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth
Ferry from Calais to Dover
Ferry from Caen to Portsmouth
Ferry from Cherbourg to Poole
Ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich
Ferry from Roscoff to Plymouth
Ferry from Santander to Portsmouth
Ferry from Santander to Plymouth
Ferry from St Malo to Portsmouth
Ferry from Ostend to Ramsgate
More places to stay in England
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
Single £65.00, Doubles £90, Deluxe Kings £105, Suite £120
£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
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
£215 - 2 night stay, £505 - 7 stay
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
From £200 for a three night mid week break to £550 for a full week in high season
Prices from £15 - £139 (Dorm Beds - 6 bed private rooms)
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
3 night minimum stay. From £300 for 3 nights (in accommodation sleeping 2-3 people) up to £600 per week (in accommodation sleeping 2-4 people)
Sleep 4 £460 - £795 a week, Sleep 6 £650 - £1180 a week depending on time of year
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
One bedroom cottages: short break (3-4nights) £136-£231, 7 nights £195-£330; Two bedroom cottages: short break £154-£343, 7 nights £220-£410
Double room from £65, family room from £75
£315 - £835 per week. Short breaks available on request.
£800 - £1850 for one week. Short breaks available at 70% of weekly rate
Weekend breaks from 185, midweek breaks from £160, weekly stays from £475
B&B £80 per night £95 for one night at a weekend. Self-catering £250-£350 per week
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
From £389 per week
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn
Bed and Breakfast £75 per night. Self-catering (1 or 2 bedroom apartments) £50 to £70 per night, £300 to £450 per week
Tavistock Holiday Cottages
Owls Roost is a lovely first-floor one-bedroom apartment carved from an old converted stone barn on Lower Collaton Farm, on the eastern outskirts of Tavistock, while Skylarks is a two-double-bedroom stone cottage in Peter Tavy, a mile or so north of the farm. Both are brimming with character, boasting exposed beams, granite fireplaces and woodburning stoves, and have been recently refurbished with top-notch fitted kitchens and luxurious bathrooms, iPod docks, TVs and free wi-fi. A cream tea, flowers and a plethora of local information greet visitors, and with White Tor and Cox Tor looming to the east and the Dartmoor Way cycle trail running past, there’s ample scope for getting active. Owls Roost from £375 per week, Skylarks from £400 per week.
Priory Bay Hotel
For country house glamour, this creeper-clad stalwart near Osborne House is hard to beat. Set on a 70-acre estate, complete with outdoor swimming pool and private beach, the eclectic range of rooms varies from an oak-beamed attic suite to modern seaside-style apartments to an opulent boudoir lined with 14th-century panelling. For the adventurous, there are also three yurts within the hotel’s woodland; each come with en-suite bathrooms, king-sized beds and decked terraces. Yurts from £200, B&B (April to October only), doubles from £160, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Seaview The Bench.
Slack House Farm
A traditional farmhouse B&B offering two comfortable double/twin rooms as well as a dining room and lounge, both of which feature cosy wood burning stoves. The farm itself is a 12 acre organic holding with magnificent views out over the Irthing Valley and the Pennines to the South. It has full organic status, home to herd of Ayrshire dairy cattle and Dorset Mule ewes that produce prime lambs sold directly to butchers. The land is also managed within the Country Stewardship Scheme in order to maintain the drystone walls, hedgerow, woodland and waterways and enhance the wildlife habitat. This is also home to the popular Birdoswald Organic Farmhouse Cheese, as well as having been described by the Guardian as 'The Greenest Guest House of All'.
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.
Bear Manor Oast
Complete with an elegant old pub - The Chaser - and a flint-and-stone church that hosts a farmers’ market on Thursday mornings, Shipbourne near Sevenoaks is picture-pretty Kentish village. Here you can rent your own oast house, a round tower-like structure formerly used for drying hops. Bear Manor Oast is a neatly converted, self-contained building with kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor and a comfortable bedroom above. Breakfast of cereals, bread and fruit is included in the cost Rooms: one bedroom Price: double room with breakfast from £65 per night
Three Ways House Hotel
Here’s a conservation concept with a difference. The Pudding Club was established at Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 with the aim of preserving the great British steamed pudding, then very much off most menus. And it’s been hugely successful. Make a dinner reservation here for a Friday night (and some Saturdays) and you’ll find yourself in a wonderfully wacky Pudding Club meeting. After a light main course the real session begins as seven puddings are paraded in with much noise and ceremony. Guests then vie to eat as many of them as they can – and depart having been awarded a pudding eating certificate. There’s a serious side to the Three Ways House operation, too. The hotel has a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and among many other measures recycles avidly, promotes local suppliers and encourages wildlife in the grounds. Prices from £88 per night for the 48 bedrooms
Cranberries Luxury Hideaway
With air-source and ground-source heat pumps, wood-burning stoves using logs from their own woodland, a large area of solar PV panels, a 5% discount for those arriving by public transport, bikes for hire (arrange in advance), Cranberries stresses its green credentials. The five properties, Grade II listed stone farm buildings dating from the 18th century, have been sensitively restored with local labour and sleep from 2 to 16. There are 100 acres of private land to explore and views over the Axe valley towards the sea from the postcard perfect hilltop village of Kilmington. Cranberries sets a new trend in self-catering in that they offer stays of just one night and rates are the same all year. From £55 per night for two.
Andrewshayes Caravan Park
Just seven miles from the Jurassic coast, this campsite, sheltered by large trees, is a great place to pitch up. There are grass or astro-turf pitches with or without electrical hook-up. With views across rolling fields, a bar and take-away, a pool, games and TV room to keep the children amused, there’s all you need.
The Fairfax Arms
With its oak bar and wooden beams, open fire and streamside garden, this is an inn replete with traditional village charm but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in fun. On a weekend stay, it’s more than likely that you’ll meet the locals and enjoy a lively evening of music and merrymaking before toddling off to collapse on your comfortable bed. The rooms are all newly renovated and include a (wheelchair accessible) suite with Jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower. There are homemade biscuits, filter coffee and Taylor’s of Harrogate tea in all rooms. From £95 per night.
The George Hotel
Eating at this Yarmouth stalwart is as much about the setting as the food. Whether soaking them up from behind the brasserie’s huge glass windows or from a table out on the terrace, you’ll find it hard not to be distracted from your supper by the fabulous views of the Solent – and Hampshire beyond it. Now featuring Michelin star Chef Robert Thompson, the local fish pie, slow-cooked local pork belly and confit of Brownrigg duck are classic dishes here, as is the Sunday lunch, but keep an eye out for one-off shellfish suppers and short cooking courses too.
Get there by bus: Bus routes 7. Nearest stop: Yarmouth Bus Station.
Higher Gills Farm
These two self-catering holiday apartments, Lower Laithe and Granary, have both been tastefully converted from a 200-year-old stable block on Higher Gills Farm, a working cattle and sheep farm run by the Pilkington family. Each apartment is designed with two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and lounge area, and are tastefully decorated with prints and original works by local artists. They also come well stocked with books, local information books and leaflets to help you get your bearings. Located right on the flank of legendary Pendle Hill, you can set out to climb the 577m summit straight from your doorstep.
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.
Technically more of a high-end restaurant with rooms than a hotel, all but one of the bedrooms at this chic hideaway overlooks the sea. Book in for a decadent dinner at the restaurant and then stumble upstairs to bed to afterwards. Choose from Room 1 with its green and gold furnishings and 180-degree coastal panorama to Room 5, flecked with violet and featuring a double sofa bed that can be used to turn the space into a family suite. Doubles from £150, B&B.
B&B near the Quantock Hills that's conveniently close to both Exmoor and the coast. Enjoy a good night's sleep in a cosy room, and a home-cooked breakfast made from local produce. The local beach is great for fossil hunters, with ammonites often discovered on the shore. A trio of walking routes pass close to Stilegate: the Somerset Coastal Path, the Coleridge Way, and the Macmillan Way. Picturesque villages such as the historic Dunster are also nearby.
Taunton Railway Station is 15 miles away. Buses run between the village of West Quantoxhead and Bridgwater.
King John's Barn
King John's Barn is made up of two individual cottages, sleeping from 2-10 people extending an equally warm welcome to families and pets. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with outstanding views, set on the edge of Langley Farm, a former Royal Hunting Lodge for the Wychwood Forest, now a working stock farm. Prices from £395 per week
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.
Wooda Farm Holiday Park
Surrounded by forty acres of parkland, Wooda Farm offers holiday homes, cottages, caravans and tent pitches; it’s well placed for fishing and all the activities that Bude has to offer. The holiday homes, sleeping between 4-6, all have fantastic facilities and plenty of space for youngsters to play in. The two cottages are modern yet characterful, with lovely big bedrooms and neutral tones throughout. There’s endless entertainment for children: tractor and trailer rides, nature trails, goats and lambs to pet, and an adventure playground.
Stanwell House Hotel
A cosmopolitan and stylish boutique hotel situated in the heart of Lymington, ideally positioned minutes from the quay. The modern garden rooms look out over the lush terrace and, if you explore the oldest parts of the hotel, you’ll find the Georgian rooms, tastefully styled to complement the hotel's rich heritage. The rustic brick-walled Drydock bar acts as the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail or glass of champagne and the renowned seafood restaurant cooks up impressive dishes sourced almost solely from local fishermen.
Platform 1, Castle Howard Station
It’s not only train buffs who will enjoy staying in this beautifully restored and rather grand train station, that once welcomed Queen Victoria when she visited nearby Castle Howard, but anyone who appreciates fine architecture, tasteful interiors and a touch of quirkiness. Twice a day in summer, a steam train whistles and chuffs its way past. Stay here and you have a privileged position from which to wave. There’s outdoor space on the platform and a wildlife garden for your exclusive use. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. It all makes for a first-class self-catering holiday. Sleeps 2-4. From £495 per week.
For location and views across the Yorkshire Dales, the Wellington Inn is hard to beat. A pub with restaurant and 12 rooms, it’s a great base for exploring this beautiful region. The restaurant – think polished wooden floors, faded rugs and warm colours – is renowned for its use of local produce and delicious homemade fare, while locals and visitors enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the pub with its inglenook fireplace. Stay in one of the super-clean, simple rooms and you can enjoy a hearty full-English breakfast – sure to set you up for a day in the great outdoors.
West Blackdown Cottage
Looking to get away from it all? This is the spot: a bucolic 18th-century farm cottage set in its own three acres of grounds, blissfully peaceful and with tremendous views across the western moor. The double guestroom is wonderfully atmospheric, with its brass-knobbed iron bedstead, whitewashed stone walls and guest garden – it’s a lovely little self-contained unit. Secure bike storage and drying room for walking gear is available, with fine hiking right from the door, and breakfast – with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, naturally – is served in a private dining room. Doubles £65 B&B.
As locations go, Julie and Keith’s smart Edwardian home can’t be beat. You’re 300 metres from the Atlantic (see views from most bedrooms), a two-minute walk from the centre of historical Tintagel, and walkers and cyclists have got endless routes and trails on their doorstep. Eight sweet rooms have pine beds, patchwork quilts and dressing tables. The eco conscious owners have implemented various of energy saving measures throughout the house – Julie even reuses linen to create the quilts – and provide guests with lots of thoughtful extra services, such as packed lunches and baggage transfer option for those tackling the coastal path. A lovely place with kind, considerate owners. From £55 for two; minimum stay three nights.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway. From the station, take the 555 bus to Wadebridge, then change to the 595 bus for Tintagel. Alternatively, take a train to Exeter St Davids, then take the X10 bus to Camelford, before changing to the 595 bus to Tintagel. If cycling, Tintagel lies close to several routes on the National Cycle Network; Route 3, the Cornish Way and the West Country Way.
The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
On a sunny, south-facing hillside behind Mawgan Porth beach on the north Cornwall coast, The Park is a collection of eco-friendly self-catering places to stay. This is technically a holiday park but conceptually something else altogether. Price: From £335-£2935 per week.
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.
Higher Westcott Farm
What happens when you take a three-century-old granite Dartmoor longhouse and add a graphic designer (Sam) and former Conran restaurant front-of-house manager (Jo)? Something quite extraordinary: you create a cottage with the charm of the country and the panache of the hippest London interiors. Available to rent as a whole (five bedrooms plus child’s room) or part (three double bedrooms), for a night or a fortnight, this cosy yet chic lair is beautifully remote in the north-east of the national park, yet easily accessible from Exeter and the M5. Rooms exude contemporary luxury, with Egyptian cotton sheets and duck-down duvets, while retaining the original period character of the house, with exposed beams, oak furniture and a huge stone fireplace in the dining room. Food – proudly local, much organic – and wines can be provided. There’s a wonderful walled garden, too. From £700 per night.
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
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
Home Farm Cottages
In the attractive village of Slingsby in the Howardian Hills these two pretty stone cottages with red pantiles have been sensitively converted from old farm buildings. They are both on the ground floor and are accessible for wheelchairs. One, The Stables, sleeping five to six, has a new conservatory and both have some outdoor space. It is easy to reach here by public transport: there are trains to Malton from where there are hourly buses for the 25-minute journey (last one 1800).
Rushbanks Farm Campsite
Just a short distance along the River Stour from the pretty 15th-century village of Nayland is Rushbanks, the only official campsite in Dedham Vale. It’s a peaceful, family-friendly site with simple facilities and is particularly good for boaters and canoeists as it’s situated by an easily navigable stretch of the river, with several landing stages and good access to and from the water. The site is also ideal for walkers as it has a public footpath crossing the site as well as plenty of options for walks in the local area. The Norman church at Wissington is just a short stroll from the campsite, or you could head down to the historic Anchor Inn pub in Nayland for some good pub food and local ales.
Underleigh House B&B
Tucked down a private lane amidst glorious Peak District scenery is this delightful, multi-award winning B&B, run by Vivienne and Philip. Charming bedrooms have valley views, and breakfasts of locally-sourced produce and homemade breads are delicious. Vivienne and Philip are dedicated to protecting the environment and encourage guests to reduce their own carbon footprint wherever possible. Great walks start from the door.
Take the train to Hope Railway Station, which is only 1.4 miles away. It is only a half an hour walk from the station to the accommodation, or it is possible to take a local bus such as the 272 which will drop you off in the centre of the village. The Nu,ber 6 Route on the National Cycle Network also passes very close to Hope.
More holidays in England
£450 (based on two people sharing)
From £245 (tour only)
Adult prices: £89 - £99 Discount prices: £83 - £89
£945 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
From £715 (based on two people sharing)
£565 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
£20.00 per person per night.
£1295 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
£565 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
Adult Prices: £45 - £49, Discount Prices: £42 - £46
£265 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
£395.00 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
£455 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
£395 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
£20.00 per person per night.