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Self-Catering

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.

Find out how to get to self-catered properties across Europe and beyond using our Journey Planner.

Balebarn ecolodge (sleeps 8) and the wildlife pond at Wheatland Farm

Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges and Cottage, Devon, England

Unwind amidst Devon’s beautiful countryside, knowing your stay helps protect rare orchids, owls and dormice. Relax in comfortable low-impact lodges or a cottage (has woodburner). Borrow bikes, fish the pond, or explore 21 acres managed for wildlife.
Prices from £205-£590 per week. Short breaks also available.

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Holiday lodge at Waveney River Centre

Waveney River Centre, Norfolk, England

Waveney River Centre provides an ideal location for a Norfolk Broads holidays where you can enjoy boating, walking and relaxing. Stay in one of our luxury holiday lodges, use our exceptional camping facilities. Rent a canoe, bike or day cruisers.
2/3 in lodges

Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn

Upper Newton Farm living space

Upper Newton Farmhouse, Herefordshire

Visit this fantastic part-Jacobean farmhouse B&B with self-catering cottages on a working farm in rural Herefordshire, complete with 100 acres of arable and a suckler cow herd of Charolais cows.
B&B & 2 self-catering barns

From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering

External view of our barns in the sunshine

Roundhouse Barn, Cornwall, England

Relax and unwind in luxury, multi-award winning 5 star self-catering accommodation on the unspoilt Roseland Peninsula. 3 converted 17th Century Cornish stone barns are packed with the latest mod cons and are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
3 self-catering cottages for couples

from £289.

Coliza cottage, Bosinver

Bosinver Farm Cottages, Cornwall, England

20 individual, award winning detached cottages on a farm in a hidden valley near the sea: easy access to all of Cornwall. 30 acres of wild flower meadows, woods, lake & friendly animals. Pool, tennis court, playbarn. Ambassador for the COAST project.
20 cottages sleeping 3-12

: Cottages for 4, prices £440-£1845, cottages for 12 £1180-£3800 and everything in between.

Rose Cottage's verdant rural location - truly green

Rose Cottage, Dutlas, Powys, Wales

Get away from it all in a charming, cosy cottage in Mid Wales: discover some of the country's most beautiful scenery, rich in wildlife and a real sense of escape - a true eco friendly cottage, but one that doesn't sacrifice any home comforts.
2: 1 double and 1 twin

Prices from £375.

Tregulland Barn and Cottage on its impressive grounds

Tregulland Cottage and Barn, Cornwall, England

Luxury, sustainable accommodation, for groups of up to 22 people, in 16 acre grounds with its own fishing lake and the UK's first indoor freshwater pool. A stone’s throw from Cornwall’s best beaches, fishing villages and hidden gems.
11: 5 king can be twins, 3 s/king can be twin, 3 fixed queen

From £2230

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

Hot and sunny Ibiza with clear, bright blue sky

Agroturismo Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

A beautiful, authentic and organic farmhouse in a quiet and idyllic spot in the unspoilt north of the island. The renovated house offers very comfortable and originally decorated apartments with garden access.
2 suites and 3 doubles

From 150€

Harvey - your carriage awaits!

Harvey, Cornwall, England

The golden age of steam travel is revived in Lizzy and Dave's sensitively converted '50s railway coach, now a wonderful place to stay with all mod cons, outside St Ives and close to Cornwall's miles of sandy beaches.
2 doubles, 1 quad, two living/sleeping rooms

From £295

The Owl Barn Retreat

Owl Barn Retreat, Powys, Wales

Owl Barn, a cottage offering a stunning, pet-friendly rural retreat, surrounded by rolling fields and wildlife. 1 mile from the pretty village of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains, perfect spot to relax or be active.
Lounge, kitchen, wetroom, double bedroom, twin bedroom

from £100

Plum Tree Cottage (sleeps 6) sitting room

East View Farm Holiday Cottages, Norfolk, England

A duo of luxury award-winning holiday cottages close to the Norfolk Broads National Park and set within 10 acres of peaceful grounds. Impressive eco credentials include a wind turbine, private borehole and plenty of opportunities for walkers/cyclists
4 twins/doubles - every bedroom has its own ensuite.

prices from £295

Coracle the yurt at Crafty Camping

Crafty Camping, Dorset, England

Luxury, adult only, private glamping in a magical, woodland setting. Hand crafted yurts, tipi and shepherd's hut with en-suite, proper flushing loos, piping hot 'tree showers' and a toasty sauna yurt and field kitchen with wood fired pizza oven.
7 doubles

Yurts, tipi & shepherds hut £158, bell tents £113 in high season per night, min 2 nights week time, min 3 nights weekends.

Pretty exterior of Cantref Coachhouse

Cantref Coachhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A warm and cosy one-bedroom cottage, sleeping 2 persons, in the heart of the countryside. Perfect for couples looking for a romantic break and to get away from it all. There's walking, cycling and riding direct from the doorstep.
One bedroom self-catering cottage.

From £265

Willows Barn at Pollaughan, overlooking the lake

Pollaughan Farm, Cornwall, England

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.
4 separate cottages, beds can be doubles/twins.

£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4

Attractive exterior of Woodpecker Eco Lodge

Woodpecker Lodge, Somerset, England

A tranquil, 5-star luxury eco lodge in the heart of the picturesque Somerset countryside, perfect for exploring the surrounding hillsides. Relax on the shaded balcony and enjoy a private sauna.
sleeps 4/6 - 2 double rooms, 1 ensuite

From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week

Shepherd's Hut

Mandinam, Carmarthenshire, Wales

This is a unique place to stay. A spacious Shepherd's Hut, Gypsy Van, Cabin or Bluebell Wagon in a beautiful location in a truly scenic areas of Wales, it is for the outdoor person who likes a bit of comfort. Posh camping at it's most enjoyable.
Shepherds Hut, Gypsy Van, Bluebell wagon, cabin all dbl beds

£100 per night, min 2 nights (bank hols min 3 nights); £600 per week.

Yurtworks

Yurtworks, Cornwall, England

A small yurt camp on the edge of Bodmin Moor that provides a relaxing and comfortable retreat in the Cornish countryside. All three yurts have their own secluded spot, beautifully and luxuriously furnished, with double beds and woodburning stove.
1 x 16ft yurt, 1 x 18ft yurt, 1 x 20ft yurt

Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.

Yr Hen Stablau east exterior in the south of Snowdonia National Park

Yr Hen Stablau Self-Catering, Dyfi Valley, Wales, UK

Unfussy, renovated stables overlooking the peaceful Dyfi Valley woodland near Machynlleth. It has impressive eco credentials including solar energy, underfloor heating and woodburning stove. Dogs are welcome and it is wheelchair accessible.
3: 1 double or twin, 2 twin

from: £360 per week low season to £640 high season

Exterior of Old Rectory Barn

Old Rectory Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A beautifully renovated 16th century barn providing one large property or two independent cottages. Stunning views and ideally situated for an active or relaxing holiday in this unique corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Stables sleep 4 people in 2 bedrooms. Loft sleeps 4-6 people

prices from: £280

Patio of Pen y Fedw

Pen Y Fedw, Monmouthshire

A beautiful, luxurious cottage in the depths of lovely Monmouthshire countryside, recently designed to accommodate a couple, plus a baby, and up to 2 dogs. It is bright, light, spacious, clean-lined - refreshingly contemporary and stylish.
1 double room

From £260

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

Exterior of Southlands Farm Northumbrian Cottages

Southlands Farm Cottages, Northumberland, England

Three award winning luxury self catering cottages surrounded by farmland in Northumberland, an area famed for its outstanding natural beauty. Great for visiting its breathtaking beaches and stunning nature reserves or unwinding in the great outdoors.
5: 3 doubles, 2 twins

£650 per week, Short Breaks £422.50 for the first 3 nights and then £91.00 per night.

Thorney How, main house view

Thorney How, Grasmere Independent Hostel

An independent, family run backpacking hostel and walker’s cafe/bar in Grasmere, in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, has over 350 years of heritage. Electric bike hire available.
10 bed rooms 1x2, 7x4, 2x6 plus 8 person Camping Barn

From £79 per night with continental breakfast

Enjoy the luxury of a Four Poster Bed in the New Room

New Room at Mandinam, Wales

Stay in a recently refurbished, traditional cookhouse (or 'cegin') on a working farm in the rolling countryside of West Wales and enjoy a warm welcome, buckets of historic character and even a four poster bed.
1 double

£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)

 Vineyard estate surrounded by beautiful forest, calm and relaxing

Une Campagne en Provence, France

A special homely farming resort in the heart of Provence with delicious home made cooking fresh from the local gardens. Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday in this Provençal templar estate with lovely forest walks and beautiful vineyards.
5 guestrooms: 3 large beds, 2 twins/ doubles & 3 hol homes

From 100 €

The Oak and Hazel Houses

Little White Alice, Carnmenellis, Cornwall

A newly built green complex of 6 luxury self catering holiday cottages and 2 arks in the heart of Cornwall. Self sufficient with wood burners, a natural swimming pool, nature reserve and 25 acres of land. Close to North and South coasts.
7 double, 5 twin/double, 2 Arks (2 adults and 2 children)

From £210

Little Goonreeve Farm

Little Goonreeve Farm, Cornwall, England

Little Goonreeve Farm holiday cottages welcome you to indulge in as little or as much tranquil country life as you wish. Our two peaceful cottages are located to the west of the village of Mylor Bridge, situated within our small-holding.
6 rooms over two cottages - sleeps 10.

The Granite Barn (sleeps 6) £1170- £450. weekends available out of season. The Old Farm Cottage (sleeps 4) £842- £322. Weekends also available.

Balebarn ecolodge (sleeps 8) and the wildlife pond at Wheatland Farm

Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges and Cottage, Devon, England

Unwind amidst Devon’s beautiful countryside, knowing your stay helps protect rare orchids, owls and dormice. Relax in comfortable low-impact lodges or a cottage (has woodburner). Borrow bikes, fish the pond, or explore 21 acres managed for wildlife.
4 lodges (sleep 8,6,4,4) & 1 cottage (sleeps 4)

Prices from £205-£590 per week. Short breaks also available.

Exterior of Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset

Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset, England

Escape into the country at this lovely Tudor farmhouse on a working organic farm offering delightful, individual accommodation decorated to a high standard, all with en-suite facilities. Dine on delicious home-cooked, locally produced food.
4 family, 6 doubles, 1 twin

B&B from £60

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

Exterior of the Farmhouse in Wales

Cwmbiga Farm, nr Llanidloes, Wales

Award winning 4* cottages sleeping up to eight, in the Hafren Forest and Cambrian Mountains. Plus B&B accommodation in a refurbished Grade II farmhouse. A great base for activity holidays and breaks from the hustle and bustle. Small party discounts.
Cottages [2]: 2 dbl 1 twin 1 bunk ea. F/house: 2 dbl 1 twin

Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]

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Aberhyddnant Farm Cottages, Brecon, Powys, Wales

Two comfy cottages on a 220-acre working organic farm in the heart of the splendid Brecon Beacons National Park. There's fresh spring water, home produced organic meat and eggs. Great for walks and bike rides in outstanding countryside.
6 in 2 cottages 2 double, 3 twin 1 nursery

From £83 per night

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.

Tranquil lodge in Wales

Luxury Lodges, Caersws, Wales

Six family-run luxury lodges on their own private grounds in the mid-Wales cambrian mountains countryside, with Snowdonia to the north and Cardiff to the south. Each with a hot tub and gorgeous panoramic views of the open countryside.
Sleeps 6: 1 Double & 2 Twin or Double

From £27 per person per night

The exterior of Kingfisher Lodge

Kingfisher Lodge, Somerset, England

A thoroughly 5-star luxury eco lodge in the peaceful Somerset countryside, fantastic for fishing in the private lakes. Dine alfresco on the private sun terrace and make the most of the countryside views and wildlife.
Sleeps 4/6- 2 double bedrooms 1 with ensuite

From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week

Exterior shot of Asheston Eco Barns.

Asheston Eco Barns, Pembrokeshire, Wales

These luxurious 5-star eco barns, nestled away in a beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt part of Pembrokeshire, are perfect for a truly relaxing green self-catering holiday or short break.
Each eco barn has 2 or 3 bedrooms, mainly twins and doubles.

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.

The beautiful Coach House retains its historic character. Photo © Catherine Mack

The Coach House, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Welsh landscape from the unique Coach House at Mandinam, an ancient building retaining original features with all the comforts you'd expect. Savour the tasty breakfast, much of it homemade or from the working farm.
1 double or twin

£70 per night based on 2 sharing

Exterior of Beechenhill with big chickens enjoying the grounds

Beechenhill Farm, Peak District, England

Award winning self catering accommodation and eco wedding venue on an organic dairy farm. Order local produce when you book and it will be ready and waiting for your arrival. Wood-fired hot tub and barrel sauna add extra fun to the stay.
6: 2 doubles, 2 twin/doubles, 1 twin, 1 family

from £300/week

Howlugill Farmhouse and Barn

Howlugill Barn, County Durham, England

A 17th-century farmhouse with a contemporary touch in the Durham Dales & the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Luxurious, affordable accommodation: great for walkers, travellers, bird spotters and anyone who loves the great outdoors.
Two double bedrooms and one twin bedded room

From £220

The Old Coach House and its garden nestling in the Dyfi Valley Biosphere

The Old Coach House, Machynlleth, Mid-Wales

A 1 bed, self-catering holiday cottage in the peaceful Dyfi Valley and Snowdonia National Park. Ideal for walkers, cyclists and bird-watchers. Evening meals can be provided in the dining room in the main house with prior notice
The Old Coach House Self Catering 1 bedroom Cottage

from £90 per room per night

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

Boutique hotel Strattons Norfolk luxury hotels

Strattons Hotel, Swaffham, Norfolk, England

Bohemian 14-room country hotel in the market town of Swaffham. It's a Grade II-listed Queen Anne villa with canopied four-poster beds, open fires, stripped wooden floorboards and an award-winning restaurant serving mostly seasonal, organic food.
14: 7 doubles/twin, 5 suites, 2 self catering eco lodges

Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles from £133

Daisybank lodge in the Peak District

Hoe Grange, The Peak District, England

Luxurious self-catering log cabins and gorgeous glamping pods with stunning views from your pillow. Explore the Peak District countryside, watch the wildlife, unwind under the stars in the Swedish log-fired hot tub or relax in the sauna.
3 doubles, 4 double/twins, 2 twins

from £100

The Georgian Farmhouse with it's hidden gems inside

Corner of Eden, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

A 4 bedroomed luxury country house nestled in the Eden Valley between the Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District. Wander freely through miles of fells, savour the home-made cakes and bread from the Butler's Pantry and have a tipple at the honesty bar.
4 rooms: 3 doubles & 1 twin (only 3 rooms sold individually)

£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).

Pretty and secluded Greyfield Farm Cottages

Greyfield Farm Cottages, Bath, Somerset, England

Five secluded, peaceful rural cottages with lovely log fires in three and a half acres of land, close to historic Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Bristol. Enjoy relaxing in the hot tub and sauna. Includes free WiFi and gym.
1 Unit(Double), 1 Unit(Double+Single), 3 Units(Double+Twin)

From £77

Brecon Beacons YHA

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served.
41 beds: 1xdouble, 3x2, 1x2 es, 2x4, 1x4 es plus dorm beds

Prices from £21 - £86 (dorm beds - 6 bed rooms)

Damson Cottage

Alltybrain Farm Cottages Brecon Beacons Wales

Superb self-catering cottages for two and friendly, comfortable farmhouse bed and breakfast. Situated in peaceful farmland with extensive views of The Brecon Beacons and surrounding countryside.
B&B : 1 dbl, 1 twin, 1 family, 1 king; cottages sleep 2-4

from £40.

Romany caravan holiday in Wales

Romany Caravan, Monmouthshire, Wales

Enjoy peaceful escapism in lyrical Monmouthshire countryside in the foothills of the Black Mountains. This vintage Romany caravan is a perfect little Bow Top, with a pull-out double bed, and a fantastic cabin with a kitchen, shower, bath and veranda.
1 bedroom in the caravan & bathroom & living room in cabin

From £134

Gwel an Mor

Gwel an Mor, Portreath, Cornwall

A fabulous gathering of self-catering eco lodges above a beautiful beach in Cornwall, full service with a spa, indoor pool, wildlife centre and restaurant. Perfect for all the family and fully accessible. Like a five star hotel but without the price.
Over 80 self contained chalets and residences

From £599 for low season short break From £1039 for mid season short break From£1909 for peak season short break Prices for Residence 3 Bed in 2016

Wheal Towan Lodge with the lush greenery surrounding it

Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall, England

On the beautiful Cornish coastline these luxury lodges are a great seaside retreat. Enjoy the cosy log burner, super king-size bed, outdoor drench shower, hot tub and dining al-fresco. Just a five minute walk to a sandy beach, bars and restaurant.
6, 2 bedroom and 4, 3 bedroom lodges. Beds adaptable.

From £386

Latest reviewed accommodation

Trelowarren, Cornwall, England
7 days Low Season range: £450 for 4-6 people, £950 for 8-10 people. High...

"The accommodation and grounds are gorgeous - I'm sure that being able to build up a long-term relationship with the place would be deeply rewarding. It’s fantastic for families, too, as children can explore the woods and run wild together, while their parents relax by the pool."

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