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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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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

West Blackdown Cottage, Dartmoor, England

A bucolic 18th-century farm cottage set in its own three acres of grounds, West Blackdown is blissfully peaceful and offers tremendous views across the western moor. Spacious and comfortable, it is the perfect base from which to explore Dartmoor.
1 Double Room.

£50-£85 per night (£210-£480 per week).

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

Broughton Bank Cottage in woodland garden. Sleeps 4 in double and twin bedrooms.

Cartmel Holiday Cottages, South Lakes, Cumbria, England

Two unique Lake District detached renovated cottages each in its own grounds with great views, cosy fires and private gardens in quiet wood and farmland location. Carefully maintained by owners nearby. Pets welcome for long rambly Cumbrian walks.
2 x 2 bedrm cottages: 1 double & 1 twin; 1 kingsize & 1 twin

Low / High season £234 / £402 for 3 nights to £390 / £670 for a week.

Luxury accommodation in West Wales

Glanmor Isaf Farm, Feather Down Farm, Talybont, Wales

You'll find this fantastic collection of tents hidden in an orchard behind the old farmhouse, with fantastic views across to Snowdon and a fantastic selection of coastal paths, cycle tracks and nature reserves at your doorstep.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

from £291

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

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

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

Beckleshele Cottage, North Pennies, England

Lying high in the wild moorlands of upper Weardale, this wonderfully restored lead miners cottage offer 4-star accommodation, perfect for walkers, cyclists and anyone wishing to explore the surrounding North Pennies AONB.
2: 1 double, 1 twin

Prices per week are £295 in January, £450 for July, August, Christmas and New Year and £345 at all other times. £20 per dog per week

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

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

Yarrow Lodge, Dartmoor, England

Set in an idyllic spot in Yarner Wood, part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, Yarrow Lodge provides wonderfully isolated accommodation amid ancient, moss-clad oak woods and streams. Offers two comfortable rooms and a homely guest room.
2: 1 Double Room, 1 Twin Room.

From £30 per person per night.

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

Ty Park tents

Ty Parke, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Set in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, this secluded, luxury yurt and camping site is the perfect place to come for privacy and space to roam. Wander over the coastal cliffs, snuggle up by the camp fire, and stargaze to your heart's content.
Campsite; four yurts, each with 1 double and 2 single bed.

£13 per adult to camp per night; yurt hire from £70 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

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

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.

Double room in Hotel Port d’Àger

Hotel Port d’Àger, Lands of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

Situated in the Montsec Mountains, the Hotel Port d’Àger boasts spectacular views, cosy rooms, and a large range of cultural and sporting activities.
8: doubles, suites, family rooms and singles

Single rooms €54-102; Double rooms €75-169; 3 person rooms €113-254; 4 person rooms €147-335. B&B, half board and full board available

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

Fancy a cruise?

Boats at Norfolk Broads Direct, Wroxham

Norfolk Broads Direct, based in Wroxham, offers luxury boats sleeping 2-11 people, allowing you to explore the 125 miles of beautiful waterways in comfort and style, awarded the Green Boat Mark, they are doing their bit to be as eco as possible.
25 Boats sleeping from 2-11

from £505

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

Pivert  treehouse 7m high for 4/6 people insulated and heated

Les Noctam'bulles Treehouses, Normandy, France

Have an adventure and stay at one of our 3 tree-houses, each sleeping 4 /5 people, or pick a cosy nest for 2 at St Pierre Azif, part of the Eco-domaine of Bouquetot. The 3 tree houses are insulated+heated and offer a B&B service.
Big: 2 rooms double beds, Small: 1 double bedroom

7-10m: 150€ + 25€/extra person 17-20m: 170€ + 25€/extra person

River Lodge.

Moinho do Pego Ferreiro, Marvao, Portugal

An organic, off-grid smallholding on the Rio Sever in the Parque Natural de Serra de Sao Mamede providing accommodation and some meals in the Goat House, River Lodge and Boar Hide. Offering privacy, peace and pigs.
2 venues, 1x1 double. 1x1 double and 2 singles.

River Lodge €370/week. Boar Hide €340/week.

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

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

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

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

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

Gorgeous location in West Wales, perfect place to relax

Pant y March, Feather Down Farm, West Wales

Ideally located within the Snowdonia National Park and boasting unrivaled views out over Lake Bala, Pant y March Farm offers countless walking opportunities through the Welsh countryside, a Farm Tour for children and lambing in the Spring.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

prices from £419

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

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

The tiny, secluded campsite at The Lazy Duck

The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms, Scotland

'So laid-back it's almost horizontal', the Lazy Duck offers the ultimate peaceful retreat, tucked away in green pine forests full of wildlife. The site includes an 8-person hostel, romantic eco-lodge and cabin and a tranquil campsite with hammocks.
Eco-lodge & cabin sleep 2; hostel sleeps 8; campsite 4-pitch

Hostel from £19 pppn; cabin/eco-lodge from £95 per night for 2 people; camping £15 per tent per night (+ £5 per extra person).

Lowertown Farm, Dartmoor, England

The quintessential Dartmoor farm, Lowertown is complete with a flickering woodburner, horses across the yard and hens scratching around the garden. Comfortable rooms and a beautiful secluded location make this the perfect rural getaway.
3: 1 Family Room, 1 Double Room, 1 Twin Room

1-2 nights for £26 per person per night; 3+ nights for £24 per person; single occupancy £33 per night; babies under 2 free.

You will love to sleep on the water...

Floating Village of Pressac - France

France's first ever floating village - offering amazing private cabins for the whole family or just for two, bobbing in a lake, with fishing and cycling on site. Picnic hampers are available, cake and champagne delivery, too!
80 people max. 8 family cabins (4/5 persons) and 13 doubles.

130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people

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.

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 style at this luxury yurt camp in Cumbria

Long Valley Yurts The Lake District, Cumbria

A fabulous collection of yurts and bell tents nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park on the quiet western shores of England's largest lake, Windermere.
Yurt: Sleeps 5-6, Bell Tent sleeps 4

from £199 per Yurt

Solway View Wigwams - Bring your boots

Solway View Holidays, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

A lovely campsite nestled on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, with eco wigwams and eco pods near the pretty little town of Kirkcudbright.
5 Large Wigwams

£37pn Big Chief Wigwam (inc 2 adult) and £42pn Running Water Wigwam (inc 2 adult). Extra: Adult £6pn, Infant (0-3) £foc & Child (4-16) £4pn

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

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