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Ecohomes available for holiday lets:

There are increasing numbers of self catering eco-homes available to let -they are arranged by country below, with a couple of examples from each. Follow the link under each country for a longer list.

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UK
Natural Retreats , Yorkshire Dales -http://www.naturalretreats.com
Their vision is to build environmentally friendly, luxury residences, founded on sustainable principles, within, or close to, all 14 National Parks in the UK by 2011. Their first site at Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales is now open offering luxury modern eco cabins in beautiful countryside.
 
Organic Parc, North Wales -http://www.organigparc.co.uk
Traditional stone cottages in North Wales with eco friendly features, set on an organic farm on the Lleyn Peninsular. Water supplied from a natural spring, organic welsh wool carpets. Their aim is to provide five star accommodation without compromising the environment.
 
Top Cottage, Cornwall www.topcottage.co.uk
Top Cottage is ideally placed for taking advantage of the spectacular walking, surfing and scenery of the Penwith peninsular at Sennen Cove near Land's End. Minutes from both the beach and the coast path, the newly built cottage is tucked into the hillside and boasts a green wildflower roof and solar panels. Positioned above the harbour, it catches the sun whilst being sheltered from the Atlantic winds, but has a panoramic view of the beach. In the winter, there is a log burner to keep the chill at bay and the well insulated walls and roof keep it nice and cosy. A perfect retreat at any time of year for up to four people. Top Cottage is just nine miles from Penzance railway station where bikes and cars are available for hire. A regular year round bus service runs to Sennen Cove.
 
Tor Farm, Somerset -http://www.torfarm.co.uk
Four log cabins with hot tubs and shared swimming pool, set in an orchard. Enjoining fantastic views, the lodges are clad in English cedar insulated with pure lambs wool with environmentally friendly green roofs, one with a living sedum roof and the other with slates made from recyled car tyres. A reed bed has been dug and planted to purify the water from the septic tank. Breakfast is available from the farmhouse. Dog friendly.



Austria

St Martins ChaletsSt Martin Chalets, lungau -http://www.stmartinchalets.at
A complete energy self sufficient holiday village in the Alps. The chalets are constructed in solid timber, with larch shingles and highly insulated with 100% sheeps wool. They are beautifully finished and enjoy breathtaking views. At the heart of the concept is a highly efficient vegetable oil Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit that guarantees clean, green electricity and heat supply. A complete recycling system for all waste is in operation -organic waste is composted for the vegetable gardens. St Martin is supplied by a private spring, and on-site rainwater is collected in a large underground tank for irrigation.
more eco holiday chalets in Austria.

Belgium

Energite -http://www.energite.be
Three independant gites located on an 18th century farm in the Ardennes offering ecological breaks. Wooded setting with their own orchard. Websiote mostly in French but some pages translated.

Cyprus

Spitiko Toy Archonta, - http://spitiko3elies.com
Apartments in a restored traditional village house for rent for alternative holidays. The lodge is located in the centre of Treis Elies village and its balconies offer a lovely view to the quiet village. Activities include walking, cycling and cookery. They aim to help support the ongoing life of the village, whicxh will die if no action is taken, with the manufacture of traditional foods and fruit products.

Czech Republic

 

France

Covert Cabin, Dordogne -http://www.covertcabin.com/ picturesque off-grid woodsman's and fisherman's cabins set beside a lake in Perigord Vert Natural Park -lighting is provided by a combination of solar and oil lamps and candles. The owners, Robert and Diane Kirkwood, are currently planning to build their own eco house.

Les Cygnes -http://www.lescygnes.net
Eco friendly luxury gites in the Poitou Charente region in SW France.

Perche dans le Perche -http://www.perchedansleperche.com
Set in 25 acres of unspoilt countryside of La Renardiere in Normandy is this 5-berth treehouse in a sweet chestnut tree that can be booked for periods up to a week.

Germany

Greece

Ionian Eco Villagers -http://www.relaxing-holidays.com
Offer locally owned self catering cottages and studios in secluded areas of Zakynthos and the Ionian. They support local conservation efforts and encourage home owners with the installation of green features. A proportion of their income goes towards maintaining the "Earth, Sky and Sea Information Centre" which aims to educate visitors about turtles and other endangered species.

Ireland

EcoBooley -two bedroom, eco-friendly holiday cottage in Co. Tipperary, part of a project to develop ecologically friendly holiday accommodation in Ireland. Power is supplied from a water driven electric turbine, along with a wood burning stove. Local sheep's wool is used for insulation in the roof, and there is composting toilet.

Italy

Kibò Farm, Sicily -www.kibofarm.com
Two private, eco-cottages on an independent, family-owned and operated organic farm which has been in the Di Salvo family for four generations. The Di Salvo family run all aspects of the farm from pruning trees to creating product designs, and follow a green ethos in business and in life.  They offer organic cooking courses, organic gardening courses, textile design courses, and watercolor for those who want to capture the beauty and experience on canvas. 
 

Netherlands

Amsterdam -House Boat Hotel -self catering privately owned accomodation on houseboats.
Biezen Eco Tourist Farm -http://www.eco-touristfarm.com
Website in Dutch only.

Norway

Poland

Earth Hands and Houses -http://earthhandsandhouses.org
Join them for workshops on building with earth, clay and straw, or simply rent their straw bale house in in Przelomka in the north-east of Poland.

Portugal

Pure Portugal -http://www.pureportugalholidays.com
Self catering holiday accomodation -offerings include a vegetarian owned quinta set in vines and olives, a tipi and a caravan for rent; horse riding and trekking in the picturesque wooded hills of the Gois valley; self-catering apartments in an historic watermill on the River Alvoço; bed & breakfast or rent an off-the-grid solar powered cottage overlooking the beautiful Rio Mondego; eco-friendly yurt camping on an organic smallholding.
 
Quinto de Rabacal -http://www.rabacal.com
Off grid self-catering in a beautiful setting in 14 acres of the Mondego Valley natural reserve. The restored stone cottages have solar power, supplented by wood burning stoves in winter and water is provided from a gravity fed well. Organic vegetables can be supplied from the garden, and there is swimming, kayaking, and a variety of wildlife to be discovered.

Spain

Canmerla, Girona -http://www.canmerla.com
The restoration of a ruined farmhouse into an ecological farmhouse for rent with fabulous views. The house is run entirely on solar power and the farm produces organic olive oil -the owners plan to plant over 2,000 trees in the next few years,

Switzerland

Swiss-Chalets.com -ski chalets in Villars Gryon, Switzerland.

Turkey

Pastoral Vadi, Fethiye -http://www.pastoralvadi.com
Up to 45 guests can be accommodated in wooden houses with outdoor verandahs on a working organic farm on the banks of the Karg. Also offer traditional mud-brick or stone houses. All houses are constructed to ecological architectural standards, with recycled waste, grey and black water. Learn organic agriculture, pottery, weaving, cookery and wood carving, Natural Therapies include classical yoga, bioenergy, reflexology and voice meditation with discussion of acrophonology (name energy). You will be taught basic yoga exercises on the riverbank under the trees, guaranteed to de-stress and enable you to reach towards a higher consciousness.



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