The perennial appeal of a self-catering holiday lies in the fact that it offers you all the comforts and facilities of a home base but with the freedom to eat, drink, get up and come back whenever you like. Beyond these basic facts, the range of self-catering accommodation is vast, taking in everything from state of the art contemporary eco-lodges to traditional stone cottages and villas to restored barns, caravans and much, much more - in an equally diverse range of locations from the wild coasts of Scotland, Wales and Ireland to sun-baked Tuscany and untouched rural Sardinia and the lush forests of Bavaria, with our top, eco-friendly selections listed below - all of which you can reach by train or ferry.
Check out some of our expert travel writers recommendations for green self-catered places to stay on our award-winning blog, including Catherine Mack's recommendations for green holidays in Ireland and eco-breaks in England, plus greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's tips on sustainable holidays and places to stay in the Mediterranean.
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Prices per week (Low to Peak Season): 4 en-suite bedroom Cortijo: €1250-€...
from £295 for a winter short break, to £789 for a week in high season
Prices start from £480 for a 2 night stay in Low season in a 3 bed...
£39.31 to £75.98 per night (plus standing charge of £70.98 to £103.75 per...
From £223 for 2 nights in low season to £814 for 7 nights in high season
£90 per night. Monday until Friday and Friday until Monday £600 for complete week.
Cottage prices vary. Availablility by the night, week, long weekend, mid week. Please see our website for prices.
Weekly rates - High (July and August) 950 euros. Standard (rest of the year) 820 euros
From £320 Low Season to £495 high season 7 day duration starting Saturdays. Short breaks available Low season
£1070 peak week, £975 high season week, £835 mid season week, £690 low season week. £595 3 night short break, £645 4 nights
£120 per room for 2 nights or more, £130 per room for one night stays. £440 per night for House Party of 4 rooms (min 2 nights).
Weekly Rates: Oct-Mar 500-700€, Apr-May 600-800€, June&Sept 700-900€, July&Aug 800-1000€
Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
Weekly high season - Pinder £1040, Rainster/Daisybank £867, Hipley £805. Short breaks - P £835, R/DB £695, H £645 Glamping pods £120
Prices from £21 - £86 (dorm beds - 6 bed rooms)
From £1200 low season - £1995 per week high season. Xmas £2000, New Year £2500. Extra bed by prior arrangement, cots and highchairs are included.
Rates for barn rental: £295 to £695 per week. Off-peak short stays: £70 to £110 per night.
Weekly prices Friday changeover £395-£775. Low season 3 night weekend/4 night midweek £255-£295.
Weekly £375 to £575
Cottage costs from £400 per week, Farmhouse costs £650 per week
£39.31 to £75.98 per night (plus standing charge of £70.98 to £103.75 per booking). Minimum 2-night stay.
The Granite Barn (sleeps 6) £1170- £450. weekends available out of season. The Old Farm Cottage (sleeps 4) £842- £322. Weekends also available.
Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.
Between €280 and €380 Per week. Or stay a minimum of 3 nights between €120 €160.
Prices based on two people sharing , £128 for a two night stay off-season, £256 for a week off-season and £320 Summer and Peak season periods.
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€ per week
Weekend £275, Midweek £295, Week £525 based on 2 sharing. Extra guests £25 per stay
£959-£1395 per week.
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
House for week 550 - 1650, cottage from 450 - 800, together 1500 - 2450. Weekend House 800, cottage 250, together from 1000.
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
Weeks: £420 to £550. Short breaks: £250 to £320 (discounts possible)
Weekly prices Barley Store £235-£370 Corn View £336-£528 Rye Barn £382-£600
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
7 days low season £315 for 2 people, £597 for 8 people. High season £739 for 2 people, £2296 for 8 people
From £335-£2935 per week.
Hayloft & Woolpack: £250 short break, Wagoner's & Miller's: £550 short break (all year)
Low season £360 per week, Mid season £520 p week, Peak season £640 p week
Yurts, tipi & shepherds hut £158, bell tents £113 in high season per night, min 2 nights week time, min 3 nights weekends.
High season: £1600 pw. Low season: £1150pw, Mid week Mon to Fri £650, Fri to Mon £650
Prices vary, please enquire. 7 days: Swallow's Rest: £260–£680; Dove Cottage: £230–£560. Short 3/4 day stays available.
£100 per night, min 2 nights (bank hols min 3 nights); £600 per week.
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
Weekends £300 in Barn 3 bedrooms:week end £400 in 4 bedrooms: weekly £600 for barn: weekly in 4 bedrooms £700: Bed & Breakfast king £80 pp:single £35 :twin £35 pp: double £80pp>
Cottages per night is 80 euro. 350euro per week and 150 euro for weekend. Bun houses 18 euro per person per night . Private Room 25 euro per person per night. Large Groups 25 and over 20 euro per person for the entire hostel. Children under 4 free children 4 - 12 half price.
Bryniau Pell wknd £210 extra night £102 wk £420 Nyth y Wennol wknd £230 extra night £115 wk £445
Weekend / midweek £210 - £525; full week £350 - £1,395
Week - Coot Cottage sleep 2 + cot £765.00, sleep 6 Avocet £1679.00, Sleep 6 luxury Garden House £1839.00
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
£270-£570 per week. Out of main holiday season short breaks from £150
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"This is the first castle in Ireland to go green, with Charles then going on to convert the whole estate to meet EU Flower Ecolabel standards and gaining the award in 2009... Belle Isle is indeed a ‘beautiful island’, on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne. The estate, and working farm, is a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest..."
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 Green Cornwall, Cornwall, England
Luxury self catering cottages and house where history meets the finest contemporary style slap bang in the middle of Cornwall. A first class year-round holiday destination with its Cornish heart and soul still intact. Price: One Bedroom low £384 high £778. The House low £1246 high £2333.
The nearest railway station is Liskeard, from where you can take the 236 bus to Upton Cross. A short walk will then bring you to the cottage. Alternatively, the owners can arrange to pick you up from the station.
Chambercombe Manor has a rich and intrigue-filled history stretching back to the 11th century. It is reputedly the site of many paranormal happenings; it even starred on Living TV's Most Haunted series recently. Spooky stories abound, such as the tale of a young woman's skeleton found sealed into a chamber. For an unusual day out, attend one of the regular paranormal events with mediums present. Regain your strength with a light lunch or cream tea in the charming buttery, or a peaceful stroll around the gardens.
Chambercombe Manor is near Ilfracombe, which is a National Express destination. It can also be reached by catching the train to Barnstaple via Exeter, and taking a bus or taxi from there.
Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages
Situated just 15 minutes from the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth, half way up East Hill, are 17 acres of old apple farm, home to 6 gorgeous, contemporary cottages, sleeping between 2 and 10 (24 max.) cottages, gardens, an orchard, private woods, play areas and a large courtyard with picnic tables and BBQ. Weekend / midweek £210 - £525; full week £350 - £1,395 max fee (sleeps 10 in high season) is £2,495
Living Room Treehouse
You are carried – from the woodland floor to the tree canopy – via a sweeping spiral staircase: an architectural wonder in wood. Stripped branches are knotted together to create wonderfully wonky fences, their knobbly imperfections contrasting beautifully against the sleek, modern pods. Inside, the Hobbit-esque tree houses are neatly divided into living and sleeping quarters with portholes and glass doors, wood-burners for cosy evenings, and Scandinavian-inspired beds and chairs. From £339 for two nights.
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 Old Station
Why stay in a cottage when you can stay in a carriage? This novel self-catering accommodation seeps in the atmosphere of railway’s golden age. Lovingly fitted out to keep all their original character whilst providing everything the 21st-Century holidaymaker might need, they sit in the spacious grounds of a genuine old railway station. Perfectly located for pretty Pickering and the Dalby Forest, all that the North York Moors has to offer is on the doorstep – just be sure to mind the gap! From £348 per carriage per week
Hucklesbrook Farm Cottages
Each of the four Hucklesbrook cottages is set within a colorful courtyard hidden behind a beautiful 17th Century farmhouse. Views from the South facing windows look over farmland, woodland and the New Forest to the east. Rooms are clean, light and warm and each cottage has a garden and private patio. Children will love the collection of friendly farm animals roaming the area (including 4 ponies and 3 ducks) and are free to collect the hen's eggs. A range of activities including pony trekking are available nearby.
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.
Surprise View Cottages
Amidst wild daffodils and scattered woodland, these three luxury cottages offer home-away-from-home comfort and breathtaking views over the rich purple heather coated moorlands that stretch away around them. These historic properties were beautifully renovated with the help of local craftsmen to ensure that they are energy efficient all year round: coming full circle, they even put back in a waterwheel to generate their own electricity. The best of the past and the future collide in this peaceful getaway. From £290 per week
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.
The Old Dairy
The Old Dairy, in the pretty hamlet of Timble, used to be an old milking parlour and as many original features as possible were retained in the restoration – think oak beams, lovely stonework and thoughtful touches like the log burning stove add to the relaxing ambiance. A detached building on one storey, the dairy sleeps two and there’s a private patio and garden with views over the Washburn Valley. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order an evening meal – all produce comes from local farms and suppliers and menus change seasonally (just give them 24 hours notice!).
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.
Height Top Farm
Set in a peacefully rural location, these one bedroom self-catering cottages have been lovingly renovated from the existing farmhouse. Look out for a wealth of original features, from the fully working Yorkist range to the log burning stove with the original mantel, and the original slop stone sink in the communal boot wash facility. Still a working farm, they choose to work in harmony with the landscape here, managing the hedgerows carefully and using older, traditional methods of hay harvesting which are less intrusive. Guests are free to make use of the farm’s fruit and vegetable garden and there are even three fishing lakes within walking distance if you fancy catching your own supper.
Recharge your batteries at Beechenhill Farm, an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Peak District. Two comfortable B&B rooms (one double, one family room) are simply decorated with wonderful views over the lovely garden and grazing sheep beyond. Breakfast, of course, is organic - feast on homemade yoghurt, bread and jam. Sue and Terry are devoted to protecting the environment and are proud of their 'eco-ventures' - you can even hold your eco-wedding here. There's a farm trail to explore, Swedish hot tub to soak in and an art studio. Discover the local area on one of their electric bikes. There are cottages to rent if you prefer to self-cater.
Reviewed by Rhiannon Batten:
"As with her paintings, Sue has the B&B business down to a fine art. For a relaxing weekend in a family-run, farmhouse setting, with access to glorious National Park scenery literally on the doorstep, Beechenhill is hard to beat. Not least because the welcome here is so heartfelt."
>> Read Rhiannon's full review of Beechenhill Farm
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.
Burcott Mill Guest House
Burcott Mill is one of only two working watermills in Somerset; it’s Victorian cogs still churn away to produce organic wholemeal flour. Friendly owners, Louise and Steve French, have sensitively converted some of the mill buildings into delightful B&B rooms and a cosy self-catering bolthole for two. Visitors are free to wander around the mill museum. Country pubs, beautiful walks, and historic market towns are all on your doorstep. Doubles from £65 for two.
Take the train to Castle Cary - from here, take the 67 bus from to Wells on the bus route from Wells to Wookey. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network also passes nearby.
Ty Gwydr is an innovative, ultra modern take on the traditional countryside bolt-hole. You'll be impressed by the open plan kitchen with its ceiling to floor windows that look out over the surrounding mountains, as well as the comfortable, cosy bedrooms (one of which even houses a four poster bed). It's also very green, with ground source heating and efficient wool insulation. It was also painted using Ecological lime wash paints. Outside, there's a beautiful landscaped garden and decking, plus a private 8 person hot tub! There's also plenty of outdoor activities nearby, including Llangorse indoor climbing and rope centre, a couple of pony trekking centres and boating and water skiing on the lake.
The father-and-daughter team of Kent Berndtsson and Camilla Hofsten have transformed their property on a small archipelago in the north-west of Bohuslan into a renowned oyster bar and retreat. The site now offers accommodations ranging from a 16th century fisherman's cottage to a newly-built wooden villa, each with spectacular views over the harbour. Between September and June, guests can indulge in champagne and oysters in true style from the wood-fired seawater hot tub at the end of the jetty - the most luxurious option also includes fresh lobster and a liqueur to finish, although be sure to book as part of a group. There's also the chance to learn a little more about the history of oyster farming once you're done shucking.
The Old House
This place certainly lives up to its name. Part of Gotten Manor’s collection of character-packed accommodation – visitors can also opt for self-catering – parts of the building date back to the 14th century. Inside there are two double guest rooms, each with cast iron baths and wooden floors. Make sure you save space for breakfast. The owner’s homemade organic feasts are delicious enough to have won it an AA Breakfast Award in 2013. Double rooms from £90, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 6. Nearest stop: Chale Street Post Box.
Egyptian cotton sheets, down duvets, brass beds, oak floorboards, wood-burning stoves, squidgy sofas and details fit for interiors’ photo-shoots, make these two 18th century cottages a cut above the rest. Rosedene cottage, with its country kitchen and Aga, sleeps four, while neighbouring Strawberry cottage, a converted stables with vaulted ceilings and beams, sleeps two. They are connected by a large garden with tables and chairs. The peaceful hamlet of Nunnington is surrounded by many good walks in the Howardian Hills but you may find it hard to drag yourselves away from the luxurious comfort of your holiday cottage. From £395 per week.
Sensitively renovated and beautifully furnished cottages with soft leather sofas, delightful bedrooms, aga, and plenty of original features throughout. This romantic oak-beamed cottage with pretty sunny courtyard provides a perfect central base for exploring the Peak District. Guests are introduced to locally made products and specialities. Amongst other environmental actions, the owners have a waste and recycling policy and have begun an energy-saving programme.
Take the train to Grindleford railway station, which is 5 miles away. From there, take the 65 bus to Litton village. A short walk will bring you to the cottage. Route 68 on the National Cycle Network passes close to Litton.
High Woods Farm Holiday Cottages
If you long for a rustic rural retreat, where you can harken back to the days of yore in a bucolic countryside setting – without sacrificing modern comforts, of course – then High Woods Farm’s two charming cottages are the perfect place for you. With wood-burning stoves and an abundance of local wildlife, the picture-perfect image is complete: and a huge range of local attractions, from Abbeys to gardens and forests, are all just a hop, skip, and a jump away – should you feel the need to venture out. From £265 per week
CLOSED: Kendal Hideaways
This collection of stylish, family friendly boltholes is just a short stroll away from the centre of Kendal, which itself is a fantastic base for anything from an active adventure holiday or a relaxed weekend. The five contemporary apartments sleep between two anad eight people, and have been awarded Bronze by the GTBS for their green credentials. Many of the apartments boast traditional Victorian features, and are interconnected to accommodate larger families.
Arreton Manor Yurt
It may have a self-catering cottage and two B&B rooms on offer but it’s a yurt in the grounds that really sets Arreton Manor apart. Available from June to September, this canvas hideaway sleeps two and comes with a wrought-iron bed and sofa. Set, rather magically, by an old stone wall there’s a parterre in front of it and a knot garden beyond. Guests booking in here also get to use a little bunting-strewn, solar-lit log cabin. Inside this is a simple kitchen, wooden dining table and shower space. From £100, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Arreton Manor.
Blakelow Farm Cottages
A collection of 4 and 5 star self-catering holiday cottages set on the 200-year old Blakelow farm with spectacular views out to Chatsworth House. Sleeping between 1 and 4 people, the cottages are luxurious but comely, genteel yet chic, offering log burning stoves, large stone fireplaces, private terraces and wonderfully appointed bedrooms. Both cyclist and walker friendly, there's a great range of walks available right from the doorstep, plus the likes of Carsington Water reservoir and the historic market town of Bakewell only a short distance away.
Matlock railway station is 2.6 miles away. From there, you can take the 172 bus to Winster. A small footpath will take you to Bonsall Lane, where you will find the cottages on the right.
The Hawthornes Self-Catering Lodges & Caravan Site
With luxurious, fully-fitted wooden lodges, a lovely B&B, and a well-placed caravan site, there’s something for every kind of break or holiday at the Hawthornes. Close to pretty Pickering, the Hawthornes is well located for everything the North York Moors have to offer, all meals use home-grown or locally-sourced produce, cyclists and walkers are welcome, and each lodge is equipped with a lovely log burner for cosy evenings up in the Moors! From £580 per week for a lodge, £14 per night for a caravan
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.
If the names aren’t enough to entice you, then the interiors certainly will. The two cottages – Peace & Plenty, and Ring & Thimble – are characterful and cosy, with bespoke country kitchens (Ring & Thimble has an aga), wood-burners in cottagey sitting rooms, and brass beds in the bedrooms. Fresh flowers on sills, fridges stocked with local apple juice, a trug of seasonal vegetables from the farm in the kitchen, and guests get a true Cornish welcome with cream teas on arrival. Children will enjoy making friends with the farmyard animals (the cottages are on a 25-acre smallholding), collecting eggs from the chickens and spotting wildlife in the conservation pond. Heaven. From £495 per week.
The nearest railway station is Penzance, from where you can take the 10 bus to Heamoor. Turn right along Bolitho Road, and then left all the way up Chapel Road until you see the cottages on your right. Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also run through Penzance.
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.
Elmfield Farm Cottages
What a haven. Rent a cottage on this small, charming farm about seven miles from Canterbury and you’ll be among sheep, alpacas, ducks, pigs and hens. Owners Andrew and Harriet Wishart welcome guests with a homemade cake and are more than happy to have children in the properties - kids have their own garden to play in and may help feed the animals. One of the four cottages here has wheelchair access, another two have been made from bales of locally grown straw. Rooms: two cottages sleeping four; two cottages sleeping six Prices: two-bedroom cottages from £183 (to £667 high season) for a short break; three-bedroom cottage from £253 (to £972 high season) for a short break
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.
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.
CLOSED: Danestream Apartments
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.
West Withy Farm Cottages
These comfortable and well-equipped holiday cottages, situated on a 23-acre farm in the heart of Exmoor, are a great base from which to explore the region. Walking routes abound, with panoramic views across the beautiful countryside. West Withy Lake is found on site, and Wimbleball Lake and Clatworthy Reservoir are only a short walk away. There are plentiful opportunities for birdwatching and fishing, and for viewing exotic local wildlife such as red deer and wild ponies. In addition, amateur astronomers can hire a telescope from the farm, and stargaze from the comfort of the cottage garden.
West Withy Farm is a 30 minute taxi ride away from Taunton Railway Station, which is well-connected to the rest of the UK.
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.
In Swinton, two miles from Malton, this modern two-bedroom bungalow in the owner’s garden is a good choice for those with mobility problems. Although there are two small steps at the front of the cottage, once inside, everything is on one level and there are easy grip handles on all doors. Grab rails can be provided. Able-bodied guests will also find it a home from home. The welcome pack includes homemade bread, there’s free wi-fi and you can even bring your dog. There are fields and footpaths to the rear. From £225 per week.
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.
Bear Manor Oast
Complete with an elegant old pub - The Chaser - and a flint-and-stone church that hosts a farmers’ market on Thursday mornings, Shipbourne near Sevenoaks is picture-pretty Kentish village. Here you can rent your own oast house, a round tower-like structure formerly used for drying hops. Bear Manor Oast is a neatly converted, self-contained building with kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor and a comfortable bedroom above. Breakfast of cereals, bread and fruit is included in the cost Rooms: one bedroom Price: double room with breakfast from £65 per night
Kale Pot Cottage
This renovated 18th century barn sits in 3 acres of land with spectacular moorland views in the heart of the National Park, but within striking distance of York and the coast. The North York Moor’s network of cycle and walking paths can be accessed directly from the front door, and a haven of tranquillity can be found both inside, outside, and around the property – which has been finished with real attention to detail, including local spring water on tap! From £325 per week
Two pretty stone holiday cottages – Helygen and Eithinog – sit side by side with fabulous views over the Cambrian Mountains; perfectly placed for walkers and those wishing to visit Dyfi's nature reserves and coast. Inside, you'll find gleaming wooden floors and spacious open-plan living areas with cosy wood-burning stoves; generous bedrooms have chunky wooden beds and rolling green views. You're spoilt for choice for things to do in the area: explore the surrounding countryside on foot, head to the coast or, if you can't tear yourself away, sit back and soak up those views from the comfort of your cottage.
Long Chimney Farm
Long Chimney Farm has three spacious cottages, converted from a flint barn and stables. There are wooden floors, flat screen TVs and wood-burning stoves. It’s not a working farm, but the owners keep busy with their measures to encourage local wildlife and are members of the Devon Wildlife Trust. There are far-reaching sea views - the farm is just a two-mile walk from the Jurassic Coast. If fossils and coastal walks can’t tempt you away from the peaceful 20-acres, there’s a small gym, sauna, outdoor heated pool, games room and wi-fi throughout. From £201 for 6 people for two nights; £335 per week.
Beech Farm Cottages
Almost a village within a village, this collection of eight cottages ranged around a courtyard have been created from an 18th-century farmhouse and its outbuildings. What remains from those days is charm and character: exposed beams, stone and brick walls, fireplaces and a sense of openness and freedom in all cottages, sleeping between two and ten people. The indoor swimming pool, whirlpool spa, well-equipped kitchens, TVs and DVDs are rather more recent additions. As are the llamas (Llucy and Mimi). Wrelton is a hop and a skip from Pickering and its steam railway, the southern moors and the cliffs and charming ports of the east coast. Two-bed cottage from £310 per week. Ten-bed cottage from £940 per week.
In foodie Bonchurch, home to a good pub and the renowned Pond Café, this three-bedroom house is part of a large Victorian mansion overlooking the sea. Only 15 minutes’ walk from Ventnor, romantics will love the approach to it, through a rock tunnel, while style hounds will appreciate the mix of cool contemporary furnishings and period details. Outside there’s a first-floor sun terrace and a private path that winds from the huge shared gardens straight down to the beach. From £750 per week.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a country cottage in Southwold, a seaside retreat in Aldeburgh or a traditional beach hut, Suffolk Secrets has some absolute gems in its collection. Winners of the 2011 Green Small Business of the Year Award, this independent and family owned holiday lettings agency believes that helping to preserve the ‘raw material’ of their beautiful natural surroundings is the secret to their success and have a wide range of beautiful historic buildings in their portfolio. You’ll discover wonderful properties like the architect designed ‘Sun Deck’ nestled on Aldeburgh’s famous high street and a wonderful barn conversion in the grounds of a Grade II listed Old Rectory near Lavenham with its own swimming pool and tennis court.
Calbourne Watermill Cottages
The only working water mill on the Isle of Wight, Calbourne has plenty of history. Dating back to the Domesday Book and surrounded by oak woodland, with its café, shop, mill tours and pottery it’s a popular spot for many of the island’s daytripppers. Book into one of its three modern eco lodges or three traditional stone cottages, however, and you can stay overnight and enjoy the calm of the mill ponds when (almost) all other guests have gone. The site is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme but there’s camping, too, if you’d rather a really low-impact bed for the night. Traditional cottages from £305 per week for four, eco lodges from £375 per week for seven, camping from £6 per night for four.
Get there by bus: Bus route 7. Nearest stop: Calbourne Cross.
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.
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.