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Off-grid places to stay

Any property which is autonomous, self-sustaining and does not depend on public utilities is described as being "off-grid". You would expect an accommodation described this way to use only renewable energy and not to draw any electricity down from the National electrical grid.

Most are supported with photovoltaic or solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric generators, heat exchange units or other renewable energy source, although some are more basic and rely on candles and torches and wood burners for heat.

Occasionally you will find a property which has never been on the grid either because it was built before it was customary or because it was designed to be totally independent of any external energy needs. Most yurts, tipis and tree houses are totally off-grid.

Gambledown (Country Retreat)

Gambledown, Salisbury, Hampshire

Gambledown has two canvas lodges on their cattle farm beside the New Forest positioned at the top of a field, and looking out over open views of the farm, the Hampshire Downs to the east, and the Wiltshire plains to the west. Great walking country.
From £449

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Tipi camp perfect for memorable family holidays

Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall, England

Not glamping, not tramping, just real camping made easy in a beautiful and private place. Sit round your own camp fire, fish and swim in the sparkling lake, drift through butterflies or run on the wild Atlantic beach.
34: 20 family tipis, 12 Couples tipis, 2 group tipis

from £18

coach house south front

Old Coach House at Windsworth, Cornwall, UK

An old stone coach-house on a 70-acre farm with half a mile of seashore. Cosy for 1 or 2 people, but can sleep 8. Offgrid, so a real change of lifestyle - it's fun living without the energy companies! Children, pets welcome. Wonderful for retreats.
3 rms; 1dbl, 1 family room (2 dbls), 1 dbl in a flat

From £281

Eco Retreats, Powys, Wales

Way out west in the wilds of Wales, deep in the forest and miles from anywhere, find some peace and quiet in the sumptuous surroundings of these well-furnished tipis (and one yurt). Good for a romantic getaway or family holiday.
4 Tipees (sleep 4-5), 2 Yurts (sleeps 5-6)

Tipi- from £156 for 2 nights, Yurts - from £215 Extra nights £70.

The exterior of the Under the Thatch Shepherds Hut

Shepherd's Huts, Carmarthenshire, Wales, Uk

A traditional shepherd's hut in a wonderfully secluded location in acres of green fields and with open, uninterrupted views of the Black Mountains.
Four huts with double beds

from £400

The picturesque Middlewick Cottages in Glastonbury

Middlewick Cottages, Glastonbury, England

A range of self-catering cottages in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor, sleeping from two to six with a total capacity of 37, with a fabulous heated indoor pool and steamroom. Enjoy peace and tranquility in an area steeped in history, myth and legend,
12 cottages,2 cabins, 2 E-dens, 46 people in total.

Cottage prices vary. Availablility by the night, week, long weekend, mid week. Please see our website for prices.

Wild Northumbrian Tipi and Yurt Camp

Wild Northumbrian Tipis & Yurts, Hexham

A beautiful, special place to stay in Northumberland National Park. Stay in a Tipi or Yurt among wildflower meadows with views of fells and woodland in the peaceful, tranquil Tarset Valley. Learn bushcraft, pottery, falconry, go on walks & much more.
Tipis sleeping 6-8, 2 Yurts sleeping 4-6, Shepherds Hut 3

from £108

Rosehip Yurt by Night, Secret Cloud House Holidays, Peak District

Secret Cloud House Holidays, Peak District

Enjoy the great outdoors with luxurious yet eco-conscious attention to detail in these luxury yurts and tipis with stunning views, wood fired hot tubs, essential oil sauna and 'Shepherds Rest' treatment room.
3 yurts sleeping 2 to 4

From £250

Oak dome with hot tub

Cosy Under Canvas, Domes, Mid Wales

The Cosy Under Canvas dome glamping site lends itself to a relaxed, alternative break away from the trappings of a hectic life. It's perfect for those who love the idea of a unique, low impact and eco-friendly camping holiday.
Two Domes (sleeps 4) Five Domes (sleeps 6)

from £245

Low Parkamoor, off-grid farmhouse

Low Parkamoor, Cumbria, UK

Low Parkamoor is an idyllic off-grid farmhouse in the Lake District, the perfect retreat from modern living and a fabulous eco experience. It offers stunning views over Coniston Water and the Old Man mountain in a remarkable and rare location.
1 family room, 2 twin rooms

Prices from £350

Luxury Lodge Tent (safari style tent) at Secret Meadows Glamping, Suffolk

Secret Meadows Glamping, Suffolk, England

Secret Meadows, set in a beautiful County Wildlife Site with wildflower meadows & woodland, has special finishing touches & high-end accommodation taking glamping to new heights. All profits go to the nature conservation charity which owns the site.
8 propoerties:Master bedroom, twin bedroom, double cabin bed

From £295 per night

Wild Luxury Norfolk Coast Safari Farm stay at night

Wild Luxury Safari Farm Stay, Norfolk, England

Combines all the beauty of Wild Camping on the Norfolk coast with all the creature comforts of home in a stunning unspoilt location without a chimney pot in sight. Terrific for beach days, bike rides, nature walks and climbing.
Master bedroom, double canopy bed, bunk beds

From £695.

Villa Arbutus Lefkas

Villa Arbutus, Lefkas, Greece

Perched on an ancient olive grove overlooking the sea, islands and mountains of the south coast of Lefkas, this wooden house with stone floors and infinity pool is a perfect spot for a self catering holiday with friends or family.
1 double, 1 twin

Between £1400 to £1800 per week in high season for up to 5 people. Significantly less at other times. See website.

Yurt with eco wood burner hot tub

Florence Springs Glamping Village, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Florence Springs, a luxury Eco Glamping village, offers a mixture of quality Yurts, Hobbit Houses and glamping, a lake and hot tubs. In beautiful Pembrokeshire, with excellent access to beaches, perfect for walkers and culture vultures alike.
5 Yurts, 4 Hobbit Houses, 5 Premium Camping Pitches

Yurt Week from £693, Hobbit House week £847, Camping week £280

Wyresdale Park (Country Retreat)

Wyresdale Park (Country Retreat), Preston, Lancashire

Wyresdale Park (Country Retreat) in the Forest of Bowland is camping heaven on earth: with a lake for boating and swimming, tall trees for rope swings and hidden coves for hammocks and campfires; a wild fell for exploring on foot and hot tubs.
Country Retreat Lodges each sleep up to 6

From £369 per week

Luxury accommodation in England

Boswarthen Farm, Cornwall, England

A wonderful secluded campsite in the Cornish countryside boasting sea views of St Michael's Mount and the Lizard. Visit nearby St Ives and the famous Eden Project, or get active with surfing, swimming, biking and walking opportunities.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

Prices from £354

the shack beach house

'The Shack' - Vintage Vacations, Isle of Wight

Located in a dingly dell on the Isle of Wight (in a secret location near Cowes) "the shack", bijoux but perfectly formed, has two bedrooms, a kitchette and is peaceful and within reach of the beach, with a bbq, swing and hammock in a private garden.
1 double bedroom and 1 twin - sleeps 4

Weekend breaks from 185, midweek breaks from £160, weekly stays from £475

Comfortable accomodation in England

Howbeck Lodge, Feather Down Farm, Lake District

Many of these luxury tents are located alongside a peaceful stream, with plenty of walking opportunities within the Lake District National Park. Children will love the chickens, goats, rabbits and horses wandering the grounds of the 300 acre farm.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £279

Birch Eco Cottage is situated on our organic smallholding next to birch woodland

Birch Eco Cottage, Co.Down, Northern Ireland

Birch Cottage, created using natural, locally sourced materials and kept warm and comfy by the power of the sun. Here you are surrounded by birdsong, clean air, and wonderful views. Walk in the woods, relax and enjoy fresh produce from the gardens.
1 double/twin

From £55 - 85 per night inclusive

Manor house and garden

West Lexham, Norfolk, England

A creative, sustainability-focussed social enterprise offering a unique immersive learning experience as well as a beautiful rural setting to relax, eclectic accommodation including tree houses to suit all budgets and an open, friendly vibe.
28 twin/double rooms, 4 single dorm spaces, 2 ensuite twins

from £246

Wingstone Farm, Dartmoor, England

A working farm, Wingstone offers excellent self-catering and B&B accommodation in the beautiful heart of Dartmoor. In a tremendous setting, and with endless possibilities for outdoor activities, this is the perfect place for an active rural getaway.
Single, double and twin rooms available

B&B per night £40; B&B per week £245; Cottage per week from £380; Cottage per 3 nights from £210

Thistledown Campsite

Thistledown Campsite, Nympsfield, The Cotswolds

Thistledown Campsite offers more than just a beautiful spot to pitch a tent. Footpaths wind their way through 70 acres of ancient meadow and woodland; past streams, woodland ponds, Roman troughs, animal paddocks, picnic spots and land art.
Tent pitches are limited - booking required

From as little as £12 a night if you arrive by public transport

Cabanes de la Grande Noë

Cabanes de la Grande Noë, Normandy, France

Play Tarzan or Peter Pan in your very own treehouse, slumbering up to 16m above the forest floor while boar, rabbits, deer and owls graze, scamper and hoot around and beneath you. Sensitively constructed treehouses nestle amongst the old beeches.
5 treehouses for 2-8

From €130.50

Gilliflower Yurt, Cotna Eco Retreat

Cotna Eco Retreat, Cornwall, UK

Cotna is a beautiful organic smallholding near the coast in Cornwall. A magical glamping site with 3 yurts, strawbale barn & shepherd’s hut. Delicious organic food available and courses on foraging & cooking, sourdough bread & no-dig gardening.
3 yurts (2-4), Barn (2-4) Shepherds Hut (2)

£200 - £250 for 3 nights weekend / 4 nights midweek; £450 - £550 per week high season. Shepherd's hut £50 per night.

Luxury accommodation in England

Dolphinholme House Farm, Feather Down Farm, Lancashire

Surrounded on all sides by woodland and fields, this fantastic campsite offers up a wonderful natural playground, from building dens in the woods to playing and swimming in the River Wyre, not to mention a wealth of fascinating walking trails.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £339

Hillside Farm (Country Retreat)

Hillside Farm, Gower Peninsula, South Wales

The Hillside Farm (Country Retreat) tents are sited in an orchard close by the farmhouse. Views stretch back across the AONB Gower Peninsular taking in scattered hamlets and rocky outcrops with 15 miles of glorious coastline to explore, dogs welcome.
2 Canvas Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £269

Luxury yurt camping in The Peak District

Long Valley Yurts - The Peak District, Derbyshire

A truly magical 'glamping' experience in The Peak District offering back-to-nature living without compromising on comfort. There are comfy beds, warm duvets, cosy wood burning stoves and solar lighting.
Four yurts on site which can sleep up to 5

Yurts - Mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, Weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, Full week (Fri- Fri, or Mon - Mon) £490

Luxury accommodation in England

Midgham Farm, Feather Down Farm, New Forest, England

Midgham Farm is located in a wonderful bluebell wood just outside the village of Fordingbridge, near the New Forest National Park. Build dens in the wood, discover the Moors Valley National Park or walk down to the banks of the tranquil River Avon.
Tents and log cabins sleep up to 6

Prices from £319.

Luxury accommodation in England

New Barn Farm, Feather Down Farm, Carlton, Bedfordshire

Barely two hours from London by train, this fantastic campsite just outside the picturesque village of Carlton has pigs, goats, horses, ponies, donkey, ducks and chickens, not to mention acres of beautiful woodland and numerous walking trails.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £291

Hidcote Manor (Country Retreat)

Hidcote Manor, Chipping Campden The Cotswolds

Lovers of the AONB Cotswolds will find the Hidcote Manor irresistible. The farm's tents are a stone’s throw from the honey-coloured limestone hamlet clustered around gorgeous National Trust gardens, described by some as the finest in England.
2 Canvas Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £269

Moor Farm

Moor Farm, Gloucester

Moor Farm, based on the Severn Estuary outside Gloucester, has a century-old traditional orchard and herd of rare Gloucester cattle feeding on the fertile grass of the floodplain. A farm stay with walking and cycling opportunities. Dogs welcome.
Canvas Lodges each sleep up to 6.

From £269

Middle Ninfa, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Offering comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to six people in the beautiful surroundings of Monmouthshire, Middle Ninfa provides both rustic charm and modern conveniences. Also home to a small, unspoilt campsite.
Bunkhouse sleeps 6

Camping from £5 per person per night; Bunkhouse £15 per person per night or £60/70 for whole building

Tipi in a field

Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays, Anglesey, Wales

A cluster of off-grid tipis and yurts in a secluded woodland setting just a mile from the coast. Beautifully furnished with beds or futons, sheepskins and lanterns, and stoves to keep you cosy. Pick-your-own veggies and eggs available on site.
2 tipis: 1 for 2, 1 for 4; 3 yurts: 1 for 4, 2 for 5

From £55 for two

Brockloch bothy exterior view

Brockloch Bothy, Dumfries & Galloway

The Bothy, a luxury boutique cottage, complete with sincere eco-credentials including sheep wool insulation, earthborn paint, solar panels, is made entirely with sustainable timber, and recently featured on George Clarke's amazing spaces on Channel 4
1 double

from £350 for a Monday to Friday stay or £350 Friday to Monday stay

Crashpad Lodges, Snowdonia, Wales

Crashpad Lodges, Snowdonia, Wales

Located right at the foot of Mount Snowdon, this bunkhouse is the perfect place to stay for those wanting to be right out in the wilderness. There are opportunities for hiking, climbing, cycling and canoeing right out of the door.
3: 6 beds in each room (bunkhouse sleeps 18)

Rooms are £100 per night (£16.66 per person), whole Bunkhouse is £300 per night.

Horsebox in June sunshine

Tree Of Life Horsebox Holiday, Cornwall, England

A traditional wooden horsebox that has been renovated into a beautiful, modern living space for two people on a fully registered organic 'off the grid' smallholding in a wooded valley near to the Cornish Coast.
1 double

from £85 per night

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm, Feather Down Farms, Wales

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm is 80 acres of mixed farmland in the shadows of the Black Mountains, in the national park with a small river - the Berach - running through it. Offering Canvas and Canvas Frills Lodges, sleeping up to 6, perfect for kids!
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

From £355 per week

Le Refuge du Clos du Moulin

Le Refuge du Clos du Moulin, Normandy, France

Feel like playing nomad – but with the comforts of a glamping retreat? This collection of tipis, yurts and even a covered wagon straight out of the wild west offers the chance to sample the life of the Mongolian steppe or North American prairies.
2 tipis and 2 yurts for 2-6, gypsy caravan for 2

From €70

Gambledown (Country Retreat)

Gambledown, Salisbury, Hampshire

Gambledown has two canvas lodges on their cattle farm beside the New Forest positioned at the top of a field, and looking out over open views of the farm, the Hampshire Downs to the east, and the Wiltshire plains to the west. Great walking country.
2 Canvas Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £449

Hunter's Yard

Boats at Hunter's Yard, Norfolk Broads, England

Hunter's Yard, a charity dedicated to preserving and celebrating the classic wooden Broads yachts and half-decker sailing boats, rents them by the day, week or more for you to stay afloat, or take a skippered sail to give you a taster.
five 2 berth boats, five 3 berth boats, four 4 berth boats.

From just £912 per week, 4 sharing

Richardson's Boats, The Broads, Norfolk

Boats at Richardson's, Stalham, Norfolk Broads

Established for over 60 years, and still family-owned and -run, based in the small town of Stalham, Richardson’s has the largest fleet of motor cruisers on the Broads available at a mind-boggling range of prices available for day or week long hire.
Over 100 boats available sleeping from 2-9

From £299.

Quirky and kitsch La Rosa caravan

La Rosa Campsite, Whitby, Yorkshire

A 20 acre campsite in The North York Moors constructed with recycled, reclaimed and found objects. Stay in a vintage and classic caravan, a converted truck with funky decorations or a tipi. Wild, colourful, bohemian and kitsch.
B&B in Whitby, Van, Carvan or Tipi

from £86

Stay in Normandy

Domaine de la Cour au Grip, Normandy, France

If you really want to immerse yourself in the apple-centric culinary culture of the Calvados département, why not bed down in, erm, a cider barrel? A 10,000-litre vessel has been furnished with windows and a comfortable double bed.
1 barrel for 2

From €60 €8 for breakfast

Cae Wennol yurt in the sunshine

Cae Wennol Yurts, Conwy, North Wales

A fabulous "glamping" experience offering a quiet retreat and gateway to Snowdonia's mountains and coasts. Relax by the beautiful nature gardens and wildlife pools, watch out for feathered friends and share stories around the campfire. Magical!
3 yurts- Seren sleeps 2-4, Heddwch & Celynnin both sleep 6

Seren (smaller yurt)- £80 a night, £210 for 3 nights, £500 for 7 night. Heddwch or Celnnyn (larger yurts)- £90 a night, £270 for 3 nights, £6000 for 7 nights

Lower Rodhuish

Lower Rodhuish, Minehead, Somerset

Lower Rodhuish set in a national park and ionly 10-minutes down country lanes to Blue Anchor Bay’s pebble beach. An active farm with livestock, ponies and arable the six tents are spread across two cosy paddocks behind the 17th-century farmhouse.
6 tents sleeping up to 6 each

From £269

camp in a lovely field

Ling's Meadow, Suffolk, England

A small, relaxed eco campsite with six tent pitches, two furnished bell tents, a restored Norfolk shepherd's hut, and a locally made living van situated on a family farm. All hidden among the tall grass of a 4 acre natural meadow. Free bike hire!
2 bell tents, 1 van (5per), 1 hut (2per), 6 pitches (5per)

bell tents £80, shepherds hut £70, living van £90, pitches £20

Big Sky Yurt, Devon, England

Big Sky Retreat, Devon, England

A wooden yurt entirely constructed from recycled and natural materials with stunning 180 degree views across rolling countryside. There's plenty to do- wander the extensive ornamental grass gardens, go swimming or explore the ancient woodland.
1 living space. Sleeps 2

From £140 per night

Wrostler's Barn, compost toilet and campfire.

Wrostler's Barn, Cumbria, UK

Beautiful, off-grid camping barn in ancient woodland, very close to Coniston Water. A fantastic eco-holiday retreat, remote and secluded but just a one minute walk through the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) woods to the lakeside.
There are two separate sleeping spaces, 12 single mattreses.

from £250

devon yurt

Holyford Yurt, Devon, England

Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the beautiful Axe Valley in Devon, this family-friendly, lone yurt pitched in a smallholding offers homegrown fruit and veg, earth oven, solar showers and is close to beaches and nature reserves.
Yurt sleeps 5 double bed, bunk beds, futon. Extra tent space

From £150

Luxury accommodation in England

Mount Pleasant Farm, Feather Down Farm, Dorset

A collection of luxury tents hidden away in 300 acres of beautiful organic grassland in the heart of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, with plenty of activities for children including ancient woodland and nature tails, plus many piglets, rabbits and sheep.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £279

Dify Biosphere Treehouse

Dyfi Biosphere Treehouse Living Room, Powys, Wales

In these treehouses in the Dyfi Biosphere, climb from woodland floor to tree canopy via a sweeping spiral staircase. Inside, the Hobbit-esque tree houses are neatly divided into living and sleeping quarters with portholes and wood-burning stoves.
5 treehouses, each has 2 bedrooms, sleeps four

From £379

Latest reviewed accommodation

Balebarn ecolodge (sleeps 8) and the wildlife pond at Wheatland Farm
Prices from £205-£590 per week. Short breaks also available.

"You get a true sense that it was inspiring, exciting to create this space - to invent new things with second hand stuff and make it stylish and something for anyone to aspire to. They are not banging the eco-drum, instead they have left it handily nearby with the sticks all ready for you to have a little beat if you feel like it."

Reviewed by:

Upper Middle Road Farm
£66 per room per night

"Perfect for anyone who appreciates a peaceful location with plentiful walks on the doorstep and a taste of the Good Life "

Reviewed by: Paul Miles