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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£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double...
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Week - Coot Cottage sleep 2 + cot £765.00, sleep 6 Avocet £1679.00, Sleep...
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
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Wheatland Farm, a clutch of eco chalets and a stone cottage in North Devon, has won the Sustainable Tourism Award in the national VisitEngland Awards.
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From £200 for a three night mid week break to £550 for a full week in high season
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
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
Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Weekly £375 to £575
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
weekly rate £490. For short breaks and weekends please contact us for detailed information
Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
£15 for one-man tent; £22 for 2 adults
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
£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)
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
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
beds from £13
Dorms: from £14.50; double rooms from £49
From £166 per night midweek (3 night minimum)
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B&B £80 per night £95 for one night at a weekend. Self-catering £250-£350 per week
£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
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One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
Whitehouse Barn Holiday Cottages
The perfect place to come back to after a day's exploration…These eco-chic cottages - Hen Cottage and Cloud Loft -were furnished and are maintained according to strict eco principles - hot water and heating comes from a wood-fired boiler, the paints are eco, and the welcome pack has free range eggs (from their own hens) and homemade bread. Major attractions such as Chatsworth House are within easy reach, and walking starts from your back door.
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.
If Hansel and Gretel were to visit the Isle of Wight this is surely where they’d stay. A two-minute hop to the beach in Fishbourne, this simple timber cabin sleeps two. It’s a compact little space, with a cosy en-suite bedroom and an open-plan kitchen, living area and dining room. Look closely, however, and you’ll find plenty of frills from a washing machine to a patio garden decked out with loungers, barbecue and al fresco dining table and chairs. From £245 per week.
Get there by bus: Bus route 9. Nearest stop: Fishbourne Lane.
Oakdown Holiday Park
With a David Bellamy gold award for its conservation work, this camping and caravan site is setting a fine example. The Franks family have owned Oakdown for nearly forty years; they have landscaped the Devon meadow into a tree- and shrub-filled site, where there’s not only peace and seclusion for campers and caravanners among the groves, but habitats for wildlife too. There are no regimented rows of pitches here, it’s all organic curves. There are static caravans and chalets to rent, a 9-hole golf course, smart coffee shop and children’s playgrounds. No wonder it’s the AA’s highest rated campsite in East Devon.
Old Barn, Croscombe
From brew house to hay barn to self-catering pad for two, the Old Barn has had a long and fascinating history. The current owners (who have lived next door since the 70s) fell in love with the place, bought it, and have spent the last ten years converting the listed building: leaky roofs and piles of rubble have been consigned to the history books; now you’ll find delightful open-plan living, oak floors and underfloor heating. Croscombe, a sleepy Mendip village, is well placed for walking and cycling in the surrounding hills. From £63 per night; £240-£315 per week.
The nearest railway station is Wells. From there, take the 161 bus to Croscombe. The Old Barn is just around the corner on the left. Route 3 on the National Cycle Network also passes very close by.
Lovely Looe, with its rows of whitewashed fisherman cottages and colourful boats bobbing in the harbour. This B&B makes a great lookout for passing boats, hence the name – you never know, you might even catch sight of a schooner making its way out of the town’s pretty harbour. The nautically-named rooms are light and stylish, with flowery prints on walls, good beds, matching scatter cushions on leather chairs; most rooms have lovely views. Award-winning breakfasts will set you up for the day; order a packed lunch and spend a day exploring the coastal path. From £60 for two.
The closest railway station is Looe, which is just a five minute walk away, across the river. Looe has regular services to and from Liskeard, which in turn runs services from a variety of locations, including London Paddington, Edinburgh and Leeds. Looe also sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network.
Originally built for a Master Mariner in 1836, Camilla House is now a sleek boutique B&B with eight rooms, Mount Bay views, and an ethical, sustainable approach to running the B&B. Rooms are stylish and eclectic – think big prints, bolds colours, leather chairs, spotlighting. Superb ensuite bathrooms are just as luxurious, with fluffy white bathrobes and towels and fabulous showers. The menu (book in for dinner) features all sorts of locally sourced goodies, such as fish from Newlyn (a mile away), Mounts Bay mackerel, and Roskilly ice cream. Simon and Susan are as hands on or off as you want them to be, and have plenty of suggestions of things to do in the area – they will happily pack you a hamper for an evening at the Minack Theatre. From £77 for two.
The closest railway station is Penzance, which has regular trains from London Paddington, Exeter and St Ives. From the station, it is just a ten minute walk to the B&B. Both Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network go through Penzance.
Contemporary Lodge for up to 16 guests, ideal either as holiday accommodation or a unique corporate retreat. Situated at the edge of the village of Hathersage it is easily accessible by public transport (train or bus) with shops, pubs and restaurants just a short walk away. Homemade locally sourced catering available for corporate guests on request. With both a large sunny south-facing patio commanding panoramic views of the Hope Valley and a range of great walks straight from the door, it is an ideal place to either sit and enjoy, or get out and explore the glorious Peak District.
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.
Fowl Green Farm
Even been accused of living like a pig or in a barn? It’s all too apt at these delightfully converted farm outbuildings: two of the cottages have been created from pigsties – one even retains the original stone troughs – while the other pair were originally a cow byre and, yes, a barn. Now, of course, they’re much more comfortable, with excellent cooking facilities and slate flags warmed by underfloor heating; accessibility for wheelchair users is maximised throughout. The hillfarm, which has been owned by the Muir family for over a century, raises Wensleydale sheep, among other livestock – stock up on meat and wool, plus other local produce. Cottages sleeping two/four/six from £180/£270/£420 per week.
This big, bright, bold hotel makes the most of its central location on the waterfront and is a short stroll from the city’s numerous restaurants, bars and nightlife. The rooms are simple – fresh and uncluttered – whilst the communal areas are lively, open plan and vibrant. The beautiful terrace to the front looks out to sea, allowing you to enjoy the best views without having to step foot outside the hotel - a great spot for people watching. Chefs whip up delicious grub in the restaurant using only the freshest ingredients; there’s lots of fish on offer - try the local mussels or the Seattle fish pie.
Langdale Hotel and Spa
There's no doubt that Langdale's accommodation teeters at the unashamedly luxurious end of the scale. Spend a few nights in one of the 56 stylish 4* rooms and you'll encounter the finest Egyptian cotton linen, down filled duvets and locally-made Sealy beds - everything you could possibly need for a peaceful night's sleep. The exclusive 'Attic Room' even offers a hand-crafted Copper roll top bath and is tucked away in a private second floor setting. Peel yourself away from your room long enough to visit the hotel's Spa and you'll find a 20m UV-treated swimming pool, steam room, Sanarium and tropical shower. You don't even have to worry about the environmental impact of all this luxury, either - Langdale has been awarded Gold by the GTBS, plus there's plenty of info available on activities in the local area.
Park House B&B
Two workers’ cottages were converted to form Park House, which boasts an amazing location in the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey – and it’s the home of the abbey’s owners Carol and Ian Burdon. Partly built with stone from the abbey, the house is full of tasteful antiques, and each of the four guest rooms is finished to immaculate standards (the luxury room even has a whirlpool bath) – capturing that home away from home feeling. The little touches here make a big difference – from complimentary tea and cakes on arrival to free entry into the abbey. For those seeking peace and quiet book in now – Park House is a kid-free zone.
New Steine Hotel
Georgian splendour at budget prices, this hotel has recently been refurbished and reopened. The owners pride themselves on the level of service and care that they offer to their guests – you are sure to be well looked after. Centrally located down a quiet street, it’s a great choice for those who are after a peaceful place to stay which is also close to the action. Vegan and vegetarian fare with a French twist is served up in the hotel’s restaurant – all is homemade and locally-sourced from Sussex farmers. Expect delicious freshly-baked pastries at breakfast, too. Great value for money.
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.
The Little Gloster
Take unprepossessing seaside bar and restaurant, give it a Scandinavian-style makeover, convert the spare space into three smart, en-suite bedrooms, throw in an owner-chef as passionate about his Danish heritage as he is about locally sourced ingredients (Bembridge crab and beef from Newbarn Farm among them) and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect foodie seaside break. Double rooms from £90, B&B.
Close to the fishing village of Beer, a wonderfully luxurious self-catering house with sea views of Lyme Bay. Beautiful & peaceful setting on a quiet coastal road with no light pollution, perfect for star-gazing! Five-star luxury & green credentials. Upcott House (sleeps 12+2): £995 -£4295
The warm glow you’ll get from a stay at this small modern B&B comes with a green tinge: underfloor heating and hot water are powered by a ground-source heat pump, an impressively efficient (and eco-friendly) heating system – and filtered drinking water rises from the same borehole. But there’s no Good Life-style back-to-basics deprivation here – the two double bedrooms, named Poppy and Bluebell, both boast Egyptian cotton bedlinen, feather duvets and stunning views across to the moor, just beyond the nearby gateway village of Dulverton. At breakfast, jams are home-made from soft fruits grown in the garden, and local produce makes up the bulk of the fare. Singles/doubles £50/£70 B&B.
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.
Halse Farm Caravan & Camping Site
Exmoor may be one of the country’s smallest national parks, but it hosts a mouthwatering ensemble of animals. Start your wildlife-watching on one of the varied hiking routes that spider out from this working livestock farm, perched just a mile from the chocolate-box-cute village of Winsford – grab one of the six laminated circular-trail maps provided by the site to traverse woodland, moorland and riverside, with opportunities to spot red and roe deer, wild Exmoor ponies, buzzards, red kites, hares and hedgehogs (which you’ll likely see bumbling among the tents). The site, a long-standing holder of a David Bellamy Conservation Award, is great for kids, too, who can watch lambing and shearing. Tent, campervan or caravan plus two people from £16/£13 with/without hook-up.
The closest railway station is Tiverton Parkway. From there, you can arrange a taxi to take you to the campsite. A list of local taxi firms available from the railway station can be seen at TrainTaxi.
Green Hill Farm
Hidden in 52 acres of countryside and heathland, this quiet, family-run campsite has its own direct access to the New Forest Nation Park via a wonderful wooded pathway. The site welcomes caravans, motor homes and tents. The area is a haven for wildlife; on the two lakes you’ll see geese, ducks and moorhens, with deer, squirrels and rabbits are also regular visitors. It’s a great place to explore on foot, bike or on horse back.
Gospenheale Farm has been in the same family since 1925 – guests can join in a free guided tour of the farm and learn about the farm’s history. Enter into a big open plan living area with exposed oak A-frames, a big family kitchen and French doors onto a large garden. Upstairs, bedrooms have Cornish slate floors and big oak beds, and stylish bathrooms. Care and thought have been poured into every aspect of this restoration, and the emphasis is on local, from the local materials used throughout to the artwork by local artists on the walls. Lose yourself in the myriad country lanes, wander the patchwork of fields and hedgerows surrounding the property or curl up in front of the wood-burner. From £450 per week.
Take the 510 bus from Exeter St Davids to Launceston, the village in which the cottage is located. Launceston is also on Route 327 on the National Cycle Network.
Malkin Tower Farm Holiday Cottages
These two luxury self catering holiday cottages and ‘Piggery’ have been converted from the former Malkin Tower Farm, set in stunning countryside within the Forest of Bowland AONB. Owners Andrew and Rachel Turner have tried to retain as much of its character as possible, preserving the original doorways and windows, along with the original oak beams and window seats. Demdyke Cottage sleeps up to four, and Device Cottage sleeps two plus a cot if required, whilst the one bed ‘Piggery’ is ideal as an extra bedroom for those who want to get away for a few days on their own. The couple’s eco efforts have won them a Gold GTBS Award, and they actively encourage guests to lighten their carbon footprint by recycling and enjoying non-car based activities like walking and cycling during their visit.
Recently converted to the highest of standards, this fully equipped self-catering accommodation is surrounded by a family-run working Upland stock farm with Swaledale sheep and Belted Galloway cattle, with land managed in an environmentally sensitive way. The house itself combines traditional features wit modern furnishings to create a wonderfully cosy country atmosphere. Feel free to relax in the garden and patio area, and tuck in to some of the farm's own sausage, bacon, eggs and honey.
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.
Losehill House Hotel & Spa
The Peak District's best-kept secret? Losehill House is an arts and crafts gem, a beautiful 4 star hotel set down a leafy lane, surrounded by some of the best walking in the country, with stunning views overlooking Win Hill. Rooms are supremely comfortable (some are dog-friendly for guests bringing their four-legged friends). The friendly staff are justly proud of their award winning Orangery Restaurant, which uses only local, seasonal produce (their website goes into exceptional detail about the provenance of their produce). A great base for exploring the rolling hills and sweeping moorlands, or the nearby atmospheric towns of this beautiful part of the county.
Hope Railway Station is only 1.4 miles away. It is possible to take the 272 bus to the other end of Hope village. However, this will only take you a short way and you will still have to walk the rest. It is therefore advisable to make the half hour walk from the station, or to take a taxi, which the hotel will be happy to arrange for you. The Number 6 cycle route on the National Cycle Network goes past Hope.
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
Cornwall is what children’s holidays are made of, but what if you want to kick back and romance your other half without the fear of someone’s tots getting under your feet? Head straight to Trenderway Farm, a stunning B&B on a working farm near Looe, a gorgeous child-free retreat. Delightful bedrooms are individually decorated: ‘Wysteria’ and ‘Willow’ are country cottage with cherry red carpet and floral curtains. Others are more rustic, with exposed walls painted white; the characterful Meadow Barn has its own kitchen for those that want to keep themselves entirely to themselves. Breakfast is local – in the pretty conservatory or outside under the willows if it’s nice. This is a real working farm, where herds of pedigree cows roam the land; the apple orchard contains forty heritage varieties. From £80 for two.
The closest railway station is Looe. From there, take the 572 bus to Polperro Seaside Village, the walk a short distance up the A387 to the farm. Close to both Looe and Polperro is Route 2 on the National Cycle Network.
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A contemporary 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of the coastal village of Milford-on-Sea. With an open plan kitchen and modern, spacious living room, Danestream is minutes from the beach, nature retreats, a traditional village green as well as the historic Hurst castle reachable by both foot and ferry.If you’re after fresh New Forest produce, hosts Jon and Stacey also run the nearby Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant with Michelin trained chef Dave Wykes.
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
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