Family friendly (children aged 5-15)
Welcome to Greentraveller's section on Family Friendly accommodation, for children and teenagers aged 5-15.
All of the places we feature have satisfied us that the owners are genuinely doing their bit to reduce their impact on the environment, see: How to tell if a hotel is green
The efforts of the owners of the places featured on greentraveller go much further than simply asking guests to put towels out for washing; many owners have invested in long-term energy saving technologies or developed their own ingenious methods for saving energy and water and dealing with waste in an environmentally friendly way.
Featured Family friendly (children aged 5-15)
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Single £65.00, Doubles £90, Deluxe Kings £105, Suite £120
From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
Yurts Low -High Season: 2 Days £200-240, 3 days £240-300, 4 Days £280-360, 7 days £400-520. Tipis Med-High Season: 2 Days £180-240, 3 Days £240-300, 4 Days £240-280, 7 Days £385-455
room overlooking the village €115
The eco barns each sleep a maximum of 4-7 people, and cost between £365 and £1365 per week. Short breaks for up to 4 nights stay are also available, costing from £300.
£80 per night
Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
High Season Prices - 2 Pers barn Short breaks £324-£395/Week £572 | 4 Pers barn Short break £465-£536/Week £776 | 6 Pers barn Short break £660-£759/Week £1083
Weekend €239, week €399 all year round
£40 to £48
£270-£570 per week. Out of main holiday season short breaks from £150
£450-£950 per week, depending on season. Short breaks available. Reduced prices for small parties (i.e. a couple using only one bedroom)
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Farmhouse sleeps 14: Weekly from £836 - £1958. Barn sleeps 10: Weekly from £752 - £1746, Weekends & Short breaks calculated at 80% of weekly price
Hotel Bedrooms from £99 - 2 Bedroom Lodges from £159 - 3 Bedroom Ldoges from £179 - All prices are per night
Prices from £69 to £119.
From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
€175 Classic Double, €220 Deluxe, €270 Family room, €280 Garden Suite
Weekly prices Friday changeover £395-£775. Low season 3 night weekend/4 night midweek £255-£295.
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
£400.00-£1620.00 per week
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
From £42 including full Welsh cooked breakfast. Full board with home cooked meals available.
£480 - £615 for 4 nights, £790 - £1025 for 7 nights B&B; £700 - £1650 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available
7 days low season £315 for 2 people, £597 for 8 people. High season £739 for 2 people, £2296 for 8 people
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
High Season (£per Unit) 2/3 Night Breaks - Midweek(£164-£246/£218-£327) Weekend(£229-£344/£284-£426), Weeks(£426-£639) dependant on Unit
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
Weekly £375 to £575
Twin/doubles from £95, Suite £110
Prices vary, please enquire. 7 days: Swallow's Rest: £260–£680; Dove Cottage: £230–£560. Short 3/4 day stays available.
High Season - £500 p/w Low Season - £350 p/w Short Breaks - from £80 per night
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
£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
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
£66 per room per night
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
From £34pppn. High season 7 nights both Cottage and Barn (sleeping up to 22) £7500. Barn (sleeping 10) £4950. Cottage (sleeping 12) £5940. No weekends in high season.
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
One bedroom cottage in high season for a couple is 350 euro, Two bedroom cottage for a family in high season is 500 euro.
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These 4* self-catering cottages sleep 2-8 and are newly converted from traditional Lancashire stone farm buildings and surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful farmland. The cottages sleep from four to eight people, with large open plan kitchen and dining areas, a private patio area and all are centrally heated by an eco-friendly wood pellet boiler. They also have access to a large communal games room with lots of indoor games to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. The Gardner family who run this farm have won awards for their conservation efforts, and it’s a wonderful area for bird watching and wildlife spotting with its wide open skies and far-reaching views.
Gwel an Mor
Beach side, self catering Cornish holidays in an amazing clutch of eco lodges and A-frame lodges set in woodland. There is a fabulous spa with indoor pool and treatments on site, a full service restaurant (which delivers take out to your lodge), tennis court and a wildlife sanctuary, badger and bird hide. Mini-golf and (soon) 18 holes of golf. Like a five star hotel, but without the five star price. Delightful staff and passionate conservationists in the wildlife centre.
Train to Redruth station from Paddington and transfer to the local bus (line 46 or 47) to Portreath, Forth Vean
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.
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.
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).
The proud winner of the 2012 Friends of Nidderdale AONB Conservation Award, Bivouac is a charming, eco-friendly place to stay with woodland shacks (sleeping up to seven), yurts (sleeping up to five) and a camping barn. Everything’s been created with the environment in mind – a carbon neutral wood chip boiler and wood burners supply heat, there’s no electricity and water is recycled. Set in the Swinton Estate, the views over valley and moorland are outstanding – and there’s ya ‘Druid’s Temple’ stone circle in the grounds. There’s a great café that’s open all day and the bar’s open until 11.30pm at weekends.
Owned by the same family since 1880, The Gables is a three storey, Victorian family house, tastefully refurbished to offer self-catering accommodation for up to 14 people. There are seven double or twin bedrooms, dining room with an open fire and large kitchen/living room area equipped with games, music system and large TV/DVD, making it ideal for families or groups of friends. Set in its own large, fenced-in garden with a BBQ and lovely views across the marshes to the river and sea, it’s also only a few minutes' walk from the beach, shops and restaurants of Aldeburgh and close to the pretty villages of Southwold, Thorpeness and Saxmundham.
Lower Gill Holidays
This collection of holiday cottages nestles in a pretty, wooded glade at the end of a private road, surrounded by open farmland. The cottages (which sleep between four and 12) and the farmhouse (which sleeps up to 12) are all furnished to a high standard and come with their own patio areas which merge into landscaped gardens. Perfect for energetic kids, the site offers a heated indoor swimming pool, games room with table tennis, pool table, snooker table, seven-a-side football field and outdoor tennis court. Or if you want to take things at a more sedate pace, then explore the farm’s very own wildlife walk where you’re sure to spot an abundance of birds, deer and wild flowers.
The Ormond at Tetbury
The Ormond, a traditional Cotswold coaching inn with 15 rooms, has welcomed travellers since the 17th century. Ideally located in the centre of Tetbury, it's a great base from which to relax, eat well, drink well and explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Prices from £65 per room
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.
Clifton Farm Cottage
This old stone cottage was once a milking parlour and the sunny courtyard was where cows would wait to be milked. In 2006 it was converted into a two-bedroom self-catering cottage on this family-run working farm. A welcome pack of farm eggs, homemade bread, butter and cake awaits you. After afternoon tea, fire up the barbecue and enjoy views of the Yorkshire Wolds; break out the paint box and imagine you’re David Hockney. The cottage, with modern pine furniture and velour settees, has all the mod-cons you would expect, including a washing machine. From
Acacia Farm Camping and Touring
A warm welcome from the Robinson family awaits you at this five-acre campsite and caravan park, which overlooks the gorgeous Mendip countryside. There are large grassy pitches for campers, electric hook ups for caravaners, and a log cabin with log burner if glamping’s more your thing. You’re surrounded on all sides by rolling countryside; bring the dog. Guests arriving on two wheels or two feet get a discounted tariff and bikes are free to borrow. Tents £14; caravans £13.50; prices per night.
The nearest railway station is Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea. From there it is advisable to arrange a taxi to take you the short distance to the campsite. A list of local cab firms is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accessible by bicycle; local routes include Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
Cleveley Mere Boutique Lodges
These five state-of-the-art retreats are all set on the edge of a vast lake within a glorious 34 acre nature reserve. You could choose to stay in the UK’s first ‘Huf House’ holiday let, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, which sleeps up to six people and comes with its own private boat. Or perhaps the Lakeside Tree House might tempt you, with its sunset deck, rope bridge and private harbour. Whichever lodge you choose, you’ll be supplied with everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, like free bikes, binoculars, wellies, and that all important picnic stuffed with delicious local produce.
This pretty holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s farmhouse on Higher Landskill Farm, a 100-acre working sheep and stock rearing farm with spectacular views which has been owned and run by the Kelsall family for over 100 years. The centrally-heated cottage sleeps up to five people, and has its own enclosed garden complete with garden furniture, barbecue, swings, slide and even a trampoline. It’s a great base for wildlife lovers, as the owners work closely with the RSPB to manage the land and encourage breeding birds, whilst keen walkers and cyclists will find several footpaths and cycle paths leaving right from their doorstep.
Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hidden deep in walking country, this friendly 90-pitch campsite makes a great launch pad for a variety of attractions in the Mendips - Cheddar, Wells and Glastonbury are all close, and you’ve got mile upon mile of walking and cycling routes on your doorstep. Great facilities, easygoing smiley staff and good pubs within walking distance, and the onsite shop sells all sorts, including fresh bread and warm croissants every morning. There’s also a great farm shop a five-minute stroll, selling everything you could possibly want for your sizzling summer barbeque.
The nearest railway station is Yatton, which is 10 miles away. If you wish to organise a taxi from the station to the campsite, a list of local firms is available at TrainTaxi. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network goes directly through Priddy.
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.
Stinchcombe Hill House
This stunning Edwardian mansion is nestled on the edge of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course and the Cotswold Way. The owners, Graham and Jane, are lovingly restoring the house to its former glory. Their quirky bed and breakfast offers sausages for breakfast made from pigs fattened on their land plus chicken and ducks eggs from their own poultry. All the preserves are home made along with elderflower cordial and organic soaps. The rain water collected off the Cotwold Stone roof tiles services the bathrooms. Afternoon tea with home made cake is taken either in the reception hall in front of a log fire when it's parky or during the summer, in the garden. The owners also have dogs, pygmy goats, horses and their pet pigs (Bobby is supposed to be a "micro pig" but he forgot to read the manual). The views across the River Severn and beyond will take your breath away. Graham and Jane like to give all their guests a warm welcome and hope they will leave as friends. 5 rooms available from £60 per night
Quernmore Valley Cottages
Tucked away on the old Roman road from Lancaster to the Trough of Bowland is Quernmore Valley. You can choose from a traditional, three bedroom cottage with its own spacious garden area and babbling brook, or a modern, newly built cottage also with three bedrooms and a large decking area that overlooks the stunning local countryside. It’s the perfect base for exploring the area on two wheels, with secure bike storage provided at Lower Clougha Cottage or there’s cycle hire available locally. Information packs and maps have also been thoughtfully provided in each cottage to help you get your bearings when you arrive.
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.
Yew Tree Cottage
This Grade II listed 18th century building in the small village of Westow near Malton is the project of London couple Natasha and Paul. Furnishings are earthy and natural – wood, leather and wool. There are unique artworks and curiosities, such as an old wooden malt shovel hanging on a wall. Wooden floors, leather settees, wood-burning stoves and paintwork in mineral shades are lightened with a very occasional hint of floral fabric; the look lending the house an elemental, no-nonsense, intelligence. Upstairs, the three bedrooms continue the quality and comfort and the monochrome bathroom has a roll-top bath. From £593 per week.
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.
Robin Hood Caravan and Camping Park
Ten minutes’ drive from the A64, this site, in the village of Slingsby, near the Howardian Hills, is well-situated for those driving. There are electric hook up points for tourers and even some for tents. Caravans are available for hire. Duvets and pillows are provided but bring your own bed linen and towels. There’s an outdoor children’s play area, walking maps in reception and plenty of footpaths nearby, indeed plenty to do without using the car. Actually, why not leave it at home and arrive by public transport? There are buses from Malton, where there’s a train station. From £18 per night.
Bell tents at Cliff House Holiday Parks
This fabulous collection of luxury bell tents are a new offering from the five star Cliff House Holiday site, set in a beautiful cliff top location with its own private beach access. The tents themselves are raised up on their own individual decks and come fully equipped with a double bed, two single futons and bedding, a wood-effect fire, lights, a mini fridge and cooking equipment. There are also Eurotents available, eight self-catering options from cottages to log cabins, as well as 120 pitches for campers and tourers. The holiday park is adjacent to the Minsmere Bird Reserve and surrounded by acres of National Trust heath land and woodland, which you can explore on foot or with one of the bikes available for hire at the campsite reception. In the evening, head for the buzzing bar and restaurant, The 12 Lost Churches, named after the twelve churches that once formed part of the historic city Medieval City of Dunwich which later fell into the sea.
Broadway Manor Cottages
Four award winning Cotswold holiday cottages and an apartment, run by Ross and Debbie Williamson of Broadway Manor Cottages, are located in the grounds of a Cotswold manor house, which dates back to the 16th century in the picturesque village of Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB. Located on The Cotswold Way National Trail at West End, the cottages are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village with its independent restaurants, traditional pubs, art and antique galleries and boutique shops. The cottages have a 4 star VisitBritain grading, GTBS Gold award and were awarded Gold in the 2015 and 2014 Cotswolds Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism. Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome accreditation.
Golden Square Camping and Caravanning Park
Fly on a zip wire or play a game of crazy golf, hire a bike or learn how to fly-fish; this camping and caravanning site near the market town of Helmsley is a good choice for families with children of all ages. The site is on three levels, with trees and shrubs screening pitches. There’s a shop selling most essentials as well as homemade bread, cakes and alcohol. As for facilities, heated toilet blocks, showers, launderette and microwave provide home comforts. You can even book a fenced deluxe pitch, with hard-standing and your own lawn with picnic table. Dogs are welcome. From £16.50 per night.
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park
There wasn’t much need for a brainstorm to come up with the name for this holiday park. Devon Cliffs is what it says: on the cliffs, in Devon. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of the caravans near the red sandstone cliffs, you’ll have stunning views of the coast and a short stroll down to a sandy bay. This large holiday park has had a recent £12 million makeover, including a spa, offering a variety of relaxing and invigorating treatments.
Pollaughan Farm, Cornwall
Pollaughan Cottages, a home from home, has been lovingly restored with both children and the environment in mind. The relaxing little farmstead, near sandy beaches, provides guests with round the clock interaction with nature and wildlife. Price:£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
The nearest railway station is Truro. From there, take the 550 bus to Trewithian, then turn left. Follow the road and take the first right down a short road where you will find the cottages. Truro also lies on Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
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.
Fishermen's Retreat is one of four artisan cottages which border the banks of the Midford Brook. Originally built for the Somerset Canal workers in the late 1800s, it is in the secluded location in the tiny hamlet of Tucking Mill in the Midford Valley and makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind, but it is less than 15 minutes' drive from Bath city centre. This high quality self-catering accommodation has been awarded a 4 star rating by Visit England, and has also been recognised with awards for welcoming cyclists and walkers with secure cycle storage and facilities for drying clothes. There are many delightful countryside walks and cycle routes on your doorstep, including Sustrans Route 24 which goes through the newly opened Two Tunnels providing direct access to Bath. If you have a fly fishing rod and a river licence you are welcome to fish in the Midford Brook at the bottom of the garden or go for a Hawk Walk with Jay, the falconer next door. Cottage from £196 per night.
By train Fishermen’s Retreat is located 2.9 miles from Bath Train/BusStation. Taxi fare approx. £12.
On Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach, here’s a hotel that really does take the stress out of family holidays, a place where kids are catered for and parents are pampered. It’s completely set up for little ones: family rooms have balconies overlooking the children’s play area (which includes a huge wooden pirate ship), there’s a family swimming pool, picnic hampers available – head to the beach without the hassle of finding somewhere for lunch – and plenty of ideas for things to see and do in the area. Of course, it’s just as good if you’re holiday without the kids: spacious rooms are clean and contemporary, the restaurant serves good food and the Pebbles Bar sells Cornish ales to enjoy on the sun terrace. There’s bike hire, too. From £43 for two.
The nearest railway station is Newquay, which is just a five minute cab journey from the hotel. The hotel is happy to arrange a taxi in advance. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also pass by Newquay.
Church Farm Country Cottages
Formerly old cow byres, these 4* cottages have been tastefully converted leaving vaulted ceilings and the beams exposed: there’s also a large, 4* Gold, converted barn with five bedrooms. Ideal for visiting Bath, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds; the cottages are close to the city but surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 8 cootages available from £345 oer week
There are just three comfortable self-catering properties at this working farm, but they can sleep a total of 32, making it a perfect venue for a large get-together. All three have impressive energy-saving and recycling eco-credentials. The Old Winery, a former apple winery and enormous flint barn, sleeps 20, has two kitchens and a dining table that seats 32. Two other properties, one thatched, sleep six each. Unwind in the gardens or poolside and take in gentle views across the valley or trundle off with a wheelbarrow full of provisions and thoughtfully provided picnic ware. From £375 for three nights to £2,000 for a week for 6.
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.
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
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.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to host your conference, workshop or family gathering, then Fernhill Farm might be just the place. The cowsheds on this 160-acre working farm in the Mendips have been converted into an alternative, relaxed venue, with accommodation for up to 55 people in eco-camping barns and Ramshackle Arcs. Super green & earnest, groups from 10-200 catered for. (underfloor heating throughout!). Andrew and Jen are committed to developing the farm into a self-sustaining unit, having installed a self-computerised log boiler, water harvesting, and wetland eco-treatment system which purifies all dirty water without the use of chemicals, which in turn has created new habitats for wildlife species. Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.
Nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads
From there take the Bristol Airport shuttle bus service to Bristol Airport and we are 7 miles from there by taxi
Nearest coach station is Bristol Bus Station
Bedruthan Steps Hotel and Spa, Cornwall, England
Unwind and refresh at this stunning hotel and spa in the natural and peaceful setting of the Cornish Coast. You'll be welcomed by a friendly team, sample home-cooked local food and be pampered in the Ocean Spa. From £246 (non seaview) to £430 (seaview apartments); dinner, bed and breakfast
The nearest railway station is Newquay, from where you can take the 556 bus to Trenance. A short walk will then bring you to the hotel. Alternatively, take a National Express coach to Newquay. If guests require a taxi from the train or bus station, the hotel is happy to help book you one. Bedruthan is also located on the South West Coast Path and Route 32 on the National Cycle Network, making it convenient for both walkers and cyclists. Better yet, if you choose to travel to the hotel in an eco friendly manner, they'll treat you to a bottle of fizz!
A sister hotel to the nearby Swan, this bustling small hotel with its own wine bar, pub and restaurant offers a warm welcome and fantastic food. The 14 rooms are reached through the charmingly twisted corridors and staircases of this old building, and all are beautifully refurbished whether you go for one of the beamed attic rooms or a spacious family suite. The food and drink served here has won The Crown various awards including Wine Pub of the Year and Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year, and being situated right on Southwold high street it makes a great base for exploring the local area. However with such a relaxing atmosphere and tempting menus on offer, you may find you never actually make it out the front door…
Boswell Farm Cottages
Seven beautiful stone cottages surround a courtyard, each with their own private enclosed garden. Although the buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, today’s visitor will find lots of frills, literally. You can choose between a former dairy, just for two, or a house where cider was pressed, which sleeps up to nine. There’s a tennis court, a babbling brook, a pond full of wildlife and acres of fields. As well as a gold award for its green tourism efforts, the farm welcomes well-behaved dogs. Sidmouth is just a two-mile walk away. From £395 for a two-night break.
Parkfoot Holiday Homes
Sat on the banks of the beautiful River Greta, this family owned 23-acre park in North Yorkshire is a peaceful spot for holiday home owners to come and relax. The landscaped grounds allow plenty of room with less than 10 caravans per acre, and kids will love the playground, games room and well stocked library of recycled books, videos, DVDs and jigsaws. The site owners have long been committed to sustainable tourism and recycle extensively on the site as well as encouraging guests to do the same, and this year they are introducing a brand new wildlife garden to encourage pollinating insects.
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.
Suffolk Yurt Holidays
This idyllic site is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Suffolk countryside, surrounded by wildflower meadows, quiet lanes and historic villages. There are five hand crafted yurts available, each sleeping up to four adults or two adults and two children, on two extra thick, double bed futons. Throw open the doors and you’ll find a warm and inviting interior with rugs, soft throws, cushions and a wood burning stove complete with a complimentary basket of wood on your arrival. Every aspect has been thought through to minimise the environmental aspect of the business, from using 100% renewable electricity and low water use showers, taps and loos to locally sourced firewood and eco friendly cleaning products. There’s also plenty to visit in the local area, from nature reserves and beaches to the shops and markets of Woodbridge and Walberswick.
Brook Lodge Farm
Hidden in the historic hamlet of Cowslip Green, Brook Lodge is a peaceful, sheltered site with a strong environmental conscience. Bordered by a stream on one side, it is surrounded by wild flowers and wildlife and a labyrinth of country lanes making it a haven for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers. Their impressive eco efforts include solar-heated hot water for the showers, a strict recycling policy, and an annual tree-planting programme - this lead to them being awarded Gold by the Green Business Scheme Award.
The nearest railway station is Yatton. A list of local taxi firms who can collect you from the station is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accesible by bicycle. Routes 26 and 410 on the National Cycle Network run nearby.
Ladram Bay Holiday Park
Ladram Bay has its own beach and spectacular sea views. There are level grass pitches for tents with electric hook-up or hard-standing for caravans. If the sea views and private beach aren’t enough entertainment there’s a plethora of things to do on site, from an indoor pool to crazy golf and a night-club. The park recycles and re-uses where possible and is working with nearby attractions to offer direct coach travel, thus reducing the number of cars on the road.
Mossy thatched roofs, wisteria-clad walls, views of rolling countryside and dinky rooms with beams and low ceilings: the six properties of Lea Hill are chocolate box sweet. Whether it’s the upstairs, one-bedroom Kingfisher apartment or two-bedroom Nuthatch, these cottages, each with their own enclosed garden, offer you a taste of remote, bucolic bliss. When you know that about 50% of the electricity comes from renewables - solar PV panels - it’s like gorging on strawberry creams with half the calories. From £230 for 2 for a three-night break, or £300 per week.
This 4* B&B and caravan site is set in 300 acres of glorious farmland, managed by the Clark family who have been farming here for four generations since 1923. There are two spacious bedrooms available for B&B, one double and one twin, as well five hard standings for caravans in the back field complete with electric hook ups and water points. The family manage their land with wildlife in mind, working closely with the RSPB to support large populations of wading birds such as lapwings, curlews and Redshanks. So be sure to bring your binoculars, as you never know what you might spot out of your bedroom window.
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.
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.
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.
Pinewood Holiday Park, Yorkshire, England
Pinewood is a small, family run holiday park, located less than 2 miles from Scarborough town centre, yet with beautiful views of the Yorkshire Wolds. The only Wild West themed holiday park in the UK - with Indian tipis, cowboy camping shacks and Western wagons. Camping peak season from £14 per night for 2 people. Themed accommodation in peak season £70 for up to a family of 4