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Here are some ideas for eco-camping holidays -scroll down for other countries:

UK:

The Dome Garden -www.domegarden.co.uk
A new eco-based site in The Forest Of Dean consisting of ten geodesic domes, with eco systems that rangr from heating your own water in a reclaimed oak brandy cask to using the neighbours' waste bottles as drainage and heat sinks in the domes. The domes are heated by woodburning stoves using logs harvested in the forest just yards from the site. Excess heat collecting in the top is driven down into insulated boxes of recycled glass under the floor by a solar fan. During the night it can be used again to keep the dome warm.. The paths and decks are drained using layers of recycled glass collected from neighbours on the May bank holiday and the water for the garden comes from the roof of the buildings.

Eco Retreats, Dyfi Valley, Powys - www.ecoretreats.co.uk
Individually designed Yurts or Tipis in a beautiful location on a 1,300 acre organic farm in the heart of the Welsh mountains. The retreat combines the luxury of an hotel with the excitement of living deep in the natural world, including the benefits of holistic therapy. It is located just seven miles from the Centre for Alternative Energy at Machynlleth.

Ekopod, Cornwall -www.ekopod.com
Luxury low carbon camping in a geodesic dome. The pod is equipped with wood-burner for water heating, a composting toilet and water is supplied from the nearby spring. The owners aim to support the local economy and source the pod and contents from West Country businesses.

 
Luxury Cornish Yurts -
www.luxurycornishyurts.co.uk
An eco-friendly holiday in three hand crafted locally made ash and chesnut yurts, luxuriously furnished and with woodburning stove. Decked outdoor BBQ areas by yurts. Crisp cotton bed linen and towels provided, including beach towels. Solar heated hot water. Free collection and drop off by public transport.

 
Plan-it Earth, Cornwall -www.plan-itearth.org.uk
Eco camps and yurt holidays at Govena, a smallholding run by Rachel and David Smart Knight in West Penwith, Cornwall. The great thing is that they offer additional discount if you leave the car at home!

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Croatia

Sensemanufacture, Furuli in Istria, Croatia -www.sensemanufacture.com
Abandoned village in central Istria, now in undergoing revitalisation by a family whose goal is to establish an education and information center for permaculture, ecovillages and art. They live alone in a renewed house from the 18th century and farm two hectares of land with organic vegetables, olives, cherries, figs, grapes, plums, pears and many other fruit trees. The village has a spectacular view to the mountains, a Mediterranean climate  and is just 15 minutes away from the Adriatic sea. They offer their place as a camping site to people who are ecologically aware and are interested to learn about the flora and fauna in the surrounding, about ecovillages and permaculture, want to visit local vine and cheese producers, want to help a little in the garden, enjoy fresh and delicious seafood and organic meals, and visit beautiful places hidden from tourists.

Denmark

Guldager Eco Camping -http://www.guldagercamping.dk
One of the first campsites to get a European 'eco flower' mark, Guldager is a family campsite, located 800 metres from golden sands on Denmarks beautiful Jammerbugt coastline. They participate in a number of eco-friendly measures including encouraging their guests to recycle, buying goods from local suppliers and use of wind powered electricity.

Eire

Acton's Beachside Caravan and Camping Eco-Park, Connemara -www.actonsbeachsidecamping.com/
A truly unique campsite on a 'machair habitat site' on a private sandy beach in the heart of Connemara, near Clifden town,, in walking distance to the stunning Omey Island. Located on a certified organic family farm it is almost surrounded by the sea and is the perfect location for all kinds of water activities. The site has all the attractions of 'wild camping' combined with the safety and comforts of a modern caravan and camping park.

France

Canvas Chic, Ardèche, France http://www.canvaschic.com

Luxury Yurt holidays in a magnificent oak forest setting on top of a stunning river gorge at Labastide de Virac. There are 10 Yurts which have been designed with young families in mind and four communal cooking tents. Everything is provided from bedding to cooking utensils. They even have a small restaurant offering adult or children's meals.
 

Netherlands

Camp Spirit, Netherlands http://www.campspirit.nl
Alternative camping in Tipis or Yurts on otherwise uninhabited de Kluut Island in the middle of the Veluwemeer, near Harderwijk. Being on an island, as you can imagine, they are big on self sufficiency. They also run workshops about creativity, health, self-awareness and self-development including dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, Energy Balancing, Feng Shui as well as massage, Reiki-treatments, Shiatsu and Foot reflexology

Portugal

Canvas Moon. Portugal -http://www.canvas-moon.com
A small, intimate and secluded Luxury Eco 'glamping' experience, located near the Serra Da Estrela Mountains and Aguieira reservoir in Central Portugal. There are two Luxury Bell Tents both measuring five metres in diameter, located in secluded surroundings sheltered by pine forest with fantastic views of the mountains. The terraces are landscaped with tropical plants, palms, fruit trees, vines and pathways in a tranquil and relaxing location. The retreat is run solely on sustainable living principles, with solar showers, compost toilets, wind up gadgets and solar lighting and home grown food.

 
Surf Algarve, Algarve, Portugal -http://www.surfalgarve.com
Surfing and yoga camp nestled in a valley of native cork trees, the retreat is the brainchild of enthusiastic Australian traveller and surfer Laurie Quirk. Staying here is a communal experience with accommodation in a large teepee, or on a small island camp just across a brook. For those wanting more privacy there is also the more secluded 'Couples Retreat' in an African safari style tent.
 
 
 
Yurt Holiday Portugal, -http://www.yurtholidayportugal.com/
Nestled in the mountains of central Portugal, about one hour inland from the ancient university town of Coimbra, these two Yurts are located on an organically managed smallholding, with olives, vines and fruit trees. They have their own own spring for water supply and energy is from solar power.
 
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Spain

Altiplano Tipis, Baza, Granada -http://www.altiplanotipis.com
Alternative eco holidays in a small, family run tipi site and cave dwellings in Andalucía. Accommodation comprises three beautifully crafted and fully equipped tipis within an attractive, rustic courtyard, overlooking picturesque mountains and forests. Alternatively, stay in a cave dwelling, complete with ensuite shower room, veranda, shared outdoor kitchen and a woodburner for the chilly winter evenings. Living within an earth structure keeps the rooms ambient all year round so there is no need for air conditioning. They use solar power for hot water, and only biodegradable cleaning products are allowed. Free range eggs and other local and organic products can be bought on site - create your own culinary delights using the outside BBQ and eat in the shade under the pergola in the courtyard.

Yermo Yurts, Catalonia -http://www.yermoyurts.com
Situated on a 16 acre finca in the beautiful Burga Valley in the Catalonian province of Tarragona, a few miles inland from the famous Costa Dorada. Accommodation is in hand-crafted Yurts made from steam-bent oak covered with a heavy, white cotton canvas. power is generated by either solar or turbine, they use modern composting toilets (so no bad smells or sawdust!), and farm the land naturally (fukuoka style) using no chemicals at all.
 

Switzerland

White Pod, Switzerland http://www.whitepod.com
Described by Geographic magazine as the "coolest place you've ever been", this is a unique alpine resort set in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of1400m. The camp is made up of of nine dome-shaped pods and a main lodge that is accessed on foot or skis.
 
 
South America
Eco Camp, Patagonia -http://www.ecocamp.travel
Located in a beech forest in Torres del Paine National Park, the camp comprises tented geodesic domes constructed from locally sourced materials, and inspired by native nomadic Kawesqar inhabitants. Registered under the environmental standard ISO 14001, the camp aims to have a minimal impact on the environment. It uses solar and wind energy, and has a strict waste management strategy. Visitors can trek in virgin beech forests and admire the colossal calving glaciers of the national park.
 
North America
Kw'o:kw'e:hala Eco Retreat, Othello, British Columbia -http://www.eco-retreat.com 
Wilderness retreat in the mountains of the Pacific North-West, one and a half hours from Vancouver with accommodation in log cabins or 'soft-sided nests'  Meals are provided from their own organic garden. Breathtaking scenery on seven forested acres alongside crystal emerald waters of the Coquihalla River.


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Jervis Bay Eco Camping, New South Wales, Australia
Architect designed eco camping at Jervis Bay, New South Wales, presented by Responsible Travel. Located on the banks of the Currambene Creek, the camp provides a beautiful and comfortable base from which to explore the local bushland setting.

Accommodation is in of twelve elevated tents with their own open-air ensuite bathroom, queen size beds, and verandah. The food is prepared daily by the camps chefs using local produce, and served in the central 'Gunyah'.

Activities include canoeing, bike riding, bushwalking, or birdwatching, or further afield, Jervis Bay itself offers spectacular diving, snorkelling, bushwalking in the Booderee National Park, beautiful beaches, surfing, dolphin, whale and seal watching, golf and tennis.



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Featured books:
Cool Camping: England Jonathan Knight, Paul Marsden, and Andy Stothert
Paperback -April 2008
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Cool Camping...: Sleeping, Eating, and Enjoying Life Under Canvas
Laura James
Collins
Paperback - June 2006
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Organic Places to Stay in the UK
Linda Moss
Paperback
Feb 2008
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