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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
-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.
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.
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,
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.