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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from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn
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Week - Coot Cottage sleep 2 + cot £765.00, sleep 6 Avocet £1679.00, Sleep...
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Single £65.00, Doubles £90, Deluxe Kings £105, Suite £120
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
Weekly £375 to £575
From £200 for a three night mid week break to £550 for a full week in high season
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
£15 for one-man tent; £22 for 2 adults
weekly rate £490. For short breaks and weekends please contact us for detailed information
Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
One bedroom cottages: short break (3-4nights) £136-£231, 7 nights £195-£330; Two bedroom cottages: short break £154-£343, 7 nights £220-£410
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
£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.
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)
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
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
Dorms: from £14.50; double rooms from £49
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Terrington Holiday Cottages
Sixty acres of lavender grow on the outskirts of Terrington. With the soporific scent wafting on the breeze, you should sleep well in these three well-maintained holiday cottages right in the centre of the village. The cottages, in stone buildings with red tiled roofs, sleep from two to five. Nearby, there’s a fine Norman church, more pretty stone cottages, surrounding hills for walks, a friendly pub and a village stores-cum-art gallery and café. There are occasional film screenings, cabaret shows and lectures in the village hall. Before long you may feel like a local. From £246 per week.
Converted from disused milking parlours, machine sheds and storage barns between 2006 and 2009, these eight holiday cottages sleep between 2 and 14 and were designed with sustainability in mind. From incorporating original materials (some of which date back to the 16th century) to installing air-source heat pumps, they aim to be as gentle on the environment as they are on visiting guests. Luxury features include flat-screen TVs, free wifi and kitchens with enough appliances to keep visiting gastronauts seriously busy. And, with the two businesses owned by different family members, guests staying here are treated to a Calbourne Classics welcome pack. From £365 per week for the smallest property.
Get there by bus: Bus route 6. Nearest stop: Church Street, Niton.
The Mill at Gordleton
This 5*, privately owned restaurant also has 8 bedrooms including the Orchard Room, which comes complete with its own private terraced area. The 400 year-old mill has been lovingly converted into the top suite, with a sitting room overlooking the river and and a corner spa bath. At the restaurant, nearly all greens are grown in the herb garden and green house and the river allows for fishing of trout and salmon. Local sculptors have worked on the impressive gardens and recycled sculptures have been commissioned for each table.
Set in 29 acres of woodland, Helme Pasture is a picturesque country retreat with Scandinavian-style lodges and self-catering cottages. The newly-designed wooden lodges, which blend perfectly into the surrounding woods, sleep from two to eight people, while the well-equipped stone cottages sleep up to four. The location is perfect for checking out the area’s market towns and villages and natural attractions – and then returning to your own home sweet home.
YHA Dalby Forest
With a range of green features to help protect its peaceful natural setting, Dalby Forest’s youth hostel is handily located close to Levisham station for those arriving by train, and is well connected to the North York Moors’ walking and cycling networks. A cosy little building with wood bunks and a well-equipped kitchen, it is perfectly situation for those wanting to get out and explore Dalby Forest and the wilder moors beyond. From £18 per person per night in a dormitory, rooms from £49 per night
Located right on the seafront, The Granville is Brighton’s original boutique hotel. Each of the 25 rooms has an individual theme, from the English countryside to art deco to Japanese or Gothic; there’s a theme for you, whatever the occasion. Great breakfasts (which can be taken out on the terrace when the sun’s out), fabulous sea views, and walkers and cyclists are made very welcome.
Riverside Caravan Park
Owned and managed by the Marshall family since the 1960s, this unspoilt campsite is perched on the banks of the River Wenning, within walking distance of the traditional market town of High Bentham. Screened by trees and natural hillsides, there are spacious pitches available for holiday home owners, tourers, caravans and motor homes, as well as two holiday cottages available to rent. All pitches also come with electric and TV hook ups. Locally, there are plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore and a local golf course, whilst on site there is an adventure park for kids and extensive fishing opportunities both by the river and in the well-stocked lake.
This grand but very pretty country home is anything but stuffy. Built in 1815 by Lord Yarborough as a country retreat for his brother, Captain Pelham, and now owned by the descendants of poet Alfred Noyes, Lisle Combe stands proudly above the island’s south coast. Its three clean and comfortable guest rooms are wonderfully original in a bygone sort of style. You won’t find faux fur cushions or flat-screen TVs here but sun-dappled bedspreads, antique prints and age-old family heirlooms. Doubles from £80, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 6. Nearest stop: Ventnor Botanic Garden.
Culls Cottage, sits in the unspoilt, quintessential Cotswold village of Southrop, an ideal base to explore all the highlights of The Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford or Bath. A traditional stone cottage dating from 1670, it has been lovingly restored to preserve the traditional and lavished with contemporary luxuries to bring it bang up to date. Enjoy the stunning ¼ of an acre, private garden with numerous places to sit and relax, is a haven in summer. Three double bedrooms means that Culls can comfortably sleep six and there is a double sofa bed in the lounge, should you need that too. Families are welcome; cots and high chairs are available free of charge, as well as free wifi. The house holds Four Stars and a Gold for excellence in service and quality with Visit England, and is the current holder of the Cotswold Tourism Awards ‘ Self Catering Holiday Provider of 2015’ (together with its sister cottage – The Chestnuts in nearby Shilton). Awarded a Gold with the Green Tourism Business scheme and the Silver Award with the Cotswold Tourism awards 2015. Cottages sleep 8-10 and from £999 per week
Scaife Hall Farm
Enjoy a stay on a working farm, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The 600-acre Scaife Farm in Washburn Valley has amazing moor views and great walking right on the doorstep. There are three rooms and a guest lounge with log fires and tons of information on the local area. The hearty breakfasts have won awards – with free-range eggs from the farm’s hens naturally, sausage, bacon and black pudding often from home-reared pigs and Heather honey from the farm too, of course.
Blackberry Wood Camping
A small private woodland 8 miles from Brighton, this 20-pitch campsite is set in quiet Sussex countryside at the foot of the South Downs National Park. If you don’t fancy sleeping under canvas, there is also a variety of other accommodation types on offer – a romantic 1930’s gypsy caravan, a Dutch retro caravan (otherwise known as the ‘bubble’), a bright red double-decker bus, and, perhaps the oddest of all, a converted 1965 helicopter! Facilities are basic, but the site is surrounded by great walking, great local pubs, and peace and tranquillity. Brighton’s seafront is a 25-minute drive.
The small town of Wye near Ashford is pretty and vibrant in equal measure – it’s a place on the up and there’s a real buzz here. At its heart is The Kings Head, which was very down at heel when Mark Lightford and Scott Richardson acquired it a couple of years ago. They have transformed the pub into an appealingly retro-yet-modern outfit with a relaxing bar/restaurant serving good bistro dishes and with four very comfy rooms (with plans for a further four). Great care has been taken to keep the character of the old inn and to use as much of the traditional furniture as possible. The food is just as sensitively devised – most of it very locally sourced: bread from Wye Bakery opposite; sausages from Wye Butcher two doors down; chutneys and pickles from the Wooden Spoon Perserving Company in Wye. Come for a walking break here (the Pilgrims Way passes through town) and arrive by public transport: Wye station is just down the road. Rooms: four doubles Price: doubles from £70 including breakfast
Roundhouse Barn, Cornwall, England
Relax and unwind at this luxury, multi-award winning 5 star B&B on the unspoilt Roseland Peninsula. The converted 17th Century Cornish stone barns are packed with the latest mod cons and are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. £115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
The closest railway station is Truro, which has regular services from all over the country. From the station, take the 550 bus to St Just In Roseland, opposite Trethem Turn (ask the driver). It is then a 40 minute walk along the B3289 road to find the barn. Alternatively, you could organise a taxi from Truro station via TrainTaxi. Also nearby is Route 3 on the National Cycle Network.
Great Field Farm
For years Lewana and Malcolm Castle have run a much acclaimed B&B from their 15-hectare biodiverse farm in lovely countryside within easy reach of Canterbury. So they know a thing or two about providing just what guests want. More recently they have developed three eco barns powered by solar panels and heated through ground source heat pumps. Fittings and furnishings have been stylishly devised and there are big windows to enjoy the rural location. Wildlife thrives here – from woodpeckers to badgers. Rooms: three eco barns sleeping six, five and four; plus B&B offered in a separate cottage Prices: weekly rates: smallest barn from £420 (to £799); barn for five from £520 (to £850); and for six from £550 (to £925). B&B from £40 per person
The Blue House
A modernised timber building, with a fabulous cedar and glass extension, the Blue House sleeps eight in style. Perched on a wooded cliff above Gurnard Bay (part of the beach below is privately owned by the house), the house is decorated wonderfully eclectically, with an antique piano slotted in alongside a plump, contemporary, L-shaped sofa. A stay here is as much about the setting as the house, though. Several of the rooms have large French windows opening onto a wraparound terrace and the large garden comes with views of the Solent. From £1,450 per week.
Get there by bus: Bus route 32. Nearest stop: Solent View Road.
Briar Rigg House
It may only be a five minute walk from the centre of Keswick, but Briar Rigg House feels miles from anything, set in two acres of beautiful gardens with 360 degree views of the surrounding hillsides. The rooms are bright and comfortable, the beds luxurious (adorned with the finest quality organic bed linen) and the wood burner makes for some wonderfully cosy evenings in. At the heart of the Northern Lakes, Briar Rigg is a fantastic base for any number of shorter and longer walks and bike rides, plus you can rest assured that any food that passes your lips has either been sourced locally or grown in their very own garden - the Elderflower Cordial is a big favourite amongst guests.
Offering proper ‘Five Go Wild’ camping in the heart of the national park, Westermill Farm is the epitome of the rural idyll, its four camping meadows rolling down to the River Exe amid tree-lined hills. Hungry? Try the 200-hectare farm’s own free-range beef, lamb or pork, with local bread, milk and eggs also up for grabs. Itching for activities? Splash or fish in the river, or lace up those boots and hike on the central moor. Six Scandinavian-style self-catering cottages are also tucked away on site, where the emphasis on working with nature has garnered a David Bellamy Conservation Award. Adults £6.50 per night for camping.
The closest railway station is Umberleigh, which is 17 miles away. From the station, you can arrange a cab to take you to the site. A list of local firms is available at TrainTaxi. To cycle, follow Route 277 on the National Cycle Network to Simonsbath, which is the next town.
This picturesque cottage of Yorkshire stone, just a few yards from Castle Howard, has bedrooms in simple earthy colours. There’s an outdoor patio with barbecue and a garden with views of the world-famous Baroque castle. Your hosts, Gillian and John Harris, pride themselves on their breakfasts, which you can enjoy by an open fire. Try a fishy start to the day: Whitby haddock and salmon cooked in a ramekin with Parmesan, accompanied by a poached egg.
To get here, you could put your bike on the train: the Trans Pennine Express stops at Malton just four miles away. From £65 per night.
B&B at the Farncombe Centre
Farncombe Estate is perfectly placed for a short stay or holiday in the north Cotswolds. The 400-acre private country estate is surrounded by pretty market towns, great pubs and gorgeous gardens to visit. Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford are all a short drive away, while Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are on the doorstep. Prices from £90
Ninham Country Holidays
This family-run holiday park may have an outdoor pool, games room and laundry but it’s definitely no Butlins. Surrounded by 120 acres of woodland, fields and farmland, and only a mile and a half from Shanklin, the site has two nicely spaced camping areas, two self-catering properties and a clutch of mobile homes to rent. Quieter than some campsites, with an appreciation of local wildlife, it’s also going progressively greener; it recently switched its electricity to a green energy supplier and they offer a fabulous discount for cyclists & walkers - If you arrive on foot or by byke, you pay no pitch fee for the duration of your stay (paying only per person).
Get there by bus: Bus route 2 and 3. Nearest stop: Shanklin Bus Station.
Sat right on Aldeburgh’s shingle beachfront, the four star Brudenell Hotel offers 44 stylish bedrooms with panoramic views of the sea, or the tranquil River Ade and surrounding countryside. They have a variety of accommodation to suit varying guests’ needs, from romantic deluxe suites to spacious family rooms and also specifically adapted accommodation for guests with disabilities. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee on the fabulous hotel terrace overlooking the sea, or linger over the lunch menu which features delicious local fish and seafood dishes delivered fresh each morning. Then head off to explore the art galleries and shops of Aldeburgh, or try the pretty golf course at Thorpeness, just a five minute drive down the road.
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.
Heath Farm Holiday Cottages
Heath Farm has solar panels, a wood pellet boiler, cut flowers and greenery from the grounds for the cottages to minimise buying foreign flowers, a local patisserie business on the premises provides handmade chocolates and local Banbury cakes for the guests' welcome, have a new, safe bike shed, a place to wash bikes and a place to dry wet/dirty clothes and boots and they have 70 acres of grounds for guests to wander. Part of The Green Tourism initiative awarded a 'silver' in Green Tourism. They began a conservation project and focus on supporting diversity for wildlife habitats by planting shrubs and low growing trees around the plantation margins as this is where most animals like to live. The old farm buildings were renovated using local stone (some from the premises and the rest from local quarry and villages). 5 cottages available from £381 per week.
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
Upper Kingston Farm Cottages
A working farm right on the New Forest border is the setting for these five carefully restored and converted cottages. Each cottage is as energy efficient as possible - air source heat pumps heat the floors and provide hot water, and while it may be self-catered, you’ll find the ingredients for your first ‘New Forest Breakfast’ waiting for you in the fridge. From wandering the sands of the nearby beaches and horse riding through the forest to deep-sea fishing and countryside rambling, activities in the area are excitingly varied.
Middlewood Farm Holiday Park
Whether you’re a camper, caravaner or you fancy trying out a charming little gypsy cabin, this extensive campsite is a fantastic (and wallet-friendly) place for a break between the high windswept moor and the dramatic cliffs and coves of the North Yorkshire Coast. Charming Robin Hood’s Bay and gothic Whitby are on the doorstep, and the site is doing its best to preserve its natural setting – with everything from hedgerow planting to solar powered energy, and extensive use of technology to limit their water use. From £12 per pitch per night (£16 with electric hook-up), 5 person cabins from £40 per night
Redgate Smithy B&B
Hidden in a woodland garden where the only sounds to break the peace are the church bells and the mewing buzzards overhead is this little B&B, a 200-year-old smithy on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Fresh, pretty beamed bedrooms have wrought iron bedsteads and comfy mattresses, books on shelves and boats on sills, and torches in case you’re out past dark (no street lamps to guide you home here). Hearty breakfasts – such as the full Cornish, naturally – will set you up for the day; all the ingredients come from farm shops and local butchers. An oasis of calm. From £78 for two.
The nearest railway station is Liskeard, which has regular services from London Paddington, Edinburgh, Leeds and Penzance. From the station, take the 574 bus to Common Moor. A short walk westwards will bring you to the B&B.
Yorkshire Bolt Holes
Yorkshire Bolt Holes offers two lovely 18th-century cottages just for two in Nidderdale – Ashknott Cottage in Kirkby Malzeard and Bewerley Hall Cottage in Bewerley. Beautifully decorated, this is self-catering in style (think Cath Kidston touches in the kitchen, the best linen and towels and locally-sourced, natural toiletries). Owner Sarah Manby greets guests at their cottage and gives them the lowdown on what to do and where to go over a cup of tea and slice of homemade lemon drizzle cake.
Brighton Bike Tours
Brighton Bike Tours run several different escorted bike rides through the Brighton area. From one themed "Rags to Regency", to private group cycles, to a speciality stag or hen do, they offer a great, liberating way to see the city and learn about its history. From the centre where you pick up your bike hire to the outer limits seen at twilight, the pace is leisurely and incorporates many stops along the way (for photo opportunities or exploring) what could be a more fun, or greener way to sight see? Bring your own bike if you prefer (and save yourself some money). You don't need to be fit to take this leisurely pootle, as the distances are not great and the breathers are many. Brilliant for day trippers or anyone who wants t know a little more about the history of this fabulous spot. Open all year around. Prices are from £15 with your own Bike, £19.50 with bike hire and helmet included..
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