- West Country Cottages
Self Catering Eco Cottages and
Rent an eco-home in the countryside
for your next holiday:
- Buckshead Cottage, Shropshire -http://www.buckshead-ecocottage.co.uk
Renovated Cottage is remotely situated amongst beautiful
countryside in South Shropshire. The traditional stone building
has been renovated using local materials to retain its traditional
characteristics and to accommodate eco-friendly design principles
including a wind generator, solar hot water panels and a high-efficiency
wood burning stove.
Near Rye, Kent -http://www.dunescape.co.uk
eco beach house directly adjacent to the sand dunes and beach
at Camber Sands. The three storey property sleeps up to
five people. Solar power provides hot water throughout the summer,
geothermal heat from the ground keeps the house snug during the
winter, and a grass roof soaks up the rain water and minimises
the visual impact of the development.
- Ecocabin, Shropshire -http://www.ecocabin.co.uk
Purpose built self catering designed on ecological
principles and set in am area of outstanding natural beauty in
the Shropshire Hills.
- Home Grown Home,
Goole, East Yorkshire -http://www.homegrownhome.co.uk
Offer the unique chance to stay in a straw bale eco-cabin
in the Yorkshire countryside. They are now building a new straw
bale cottage too.
- Hytte, Northumberland -http://wsw.thehytte.com
- The Hytte is a self catering
Norwegian inspired mountain lodge with grass roof in Bingfield
near Hexham, with accomodation for up to eight people. It is
5 star quality, wheelchair accessible and a recipient of Green
Tourism Business Scheme Gold award.
- Little Comfort Farm, Braunton, North Devon -http://www.littlecomfortfarm.co.uk
spacious cottages on a traditional Organic family
farm. The owners, Richard and Jackie, are particularly interested
in sustainable land management, and are Gold Winners in the Green
Awareness Business Scheme.
Marshfoot, East Sussex
-http://www.littlemarshfoot.co.ukThis award winning wooden lodge,
built using green principles, is located on the edge of the Pevensey
Levels near the market town of Hailsham. There are opportunities
for walking and cycling (they are just one mile from Sustrans'
Cuckoo Trail which forms part of the Greenwich to Paris cycleway)
and they offer guests free unlimited Broadband access -Cable
- Little White Alice, Cornwall -http://littlewhitealice.co.uk
- A unique complex of six eco
cottages set in the heart of the Cornish Countryside. Features
include high levels of insulation, triple glazing, solar power,
reed bed drainage, underfloor heating and woodburning stoves.
Equally important is the fact that as many features as possible
are handmade by craftsmen, many local -from granite worktops
to hand woven curtains and cushions by Eddie Doherty from Donegal.
- Merlin Farm,
complex of converted barns and eco cottages at Mawgan Porth between
Newquay and Padstow. The Farm is at the end of a private drive
surrounded by 27 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking the
valley of Mawgan Porth, just a short walk from the Sea. Accommodation
includes converted barns and three eco cottages with floor to
ceiling glass fronted extensions providing wonderful views of
the Cornish countryside. The eco barns are super insulated to
provide cosy accommodation with ground source heat pump underfloor
heating and solar powered water heating.They invite their isitors
to offset their travel directly by bringing a tree to plant at
- 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.
- Newt Cottage, Hunting Hall Farm, Northumberland -http://www.huntinghall.co.uk
A stone farm cottage on a small, traditional
family farm. The cottage boasts and air source heat pump, solar
panels, sheeps wool insulation and other green features. The
farm has been developed with many conservation measures -it is
a haven for wildlife and they breed rare pigs, and young environmentals
can explore the farm trail through the Denes Wetlands and arable
fields bordered with hawthorn hedges.
- Rye Bay Beach House, Camber Sands -www.ryebaybeachhouse.co.uk
- Modern three storey house situated
by Camber's sand dunes. The house features solar tubes for heating
water, geo thermal space heating and a green roof system.
- 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 -www.torfarm.co.uk
- Two self catering lodges in
a Somerset 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. Each
has its own private hot tub and breakfast is available from the
Park, West Scotland
Centre for the arts and
creative industries 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on the
Rosneath peninsula, founded in 1999 by Eileen and Peter Jacobs.
You can hire the green oak, turf roofed pods or the cubes with
balconies overhanging a pond.
- Craig Farm Holiday Cottage - Southwest Scotland -http://www.craigfarm.co.uk
Idyllic 250 year old cottage in a lovely location, high above
Loch ken, with a birchwood garden and views of green fields
and oak woods. they have recently added a rustic summerhouse
- turf roof, home-grown. Very peaceful, on the edge of the owners
Foise, Isle of Mull
- A new croft built along the
lines of a traditional 'longhouse', set within its own garden
on a working croft near to Kintra. Designed to offer up to 10
guests comfortable open plan accommodation gives a feeling of
light and space. Passive space heating through south facing windows
and 'heat recovery system'.
Farm, Isle of Mull
- Self catering eco-friendly holiday
properties in a dramatic situation on the north-west coast of
Mull, one hour from Tobermory. The owners run an organic farm
-the website gives a wonderful description of an idyllic lifestyle.
They work very hard to minimise their carbon footprint and have
a Gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme -the cottages
are highly insulated and energy is provided through solar hot
water, wind turbine and heating for four of the cottages from
a locally supplied woodchip boiler district heating system. Most
of all, this is a wonderful place to walk and explore.
- Organic Parc,
North Wales -http://www.organigparc.co.uk
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.
Self catering in Dolgellau, Snowdonia operating under
environmental permaculture principles.
- Gypsy Caravan
Gypsey caravan and
cabin Tucked away in the corner of a wild-flower meadow next
to the river near Llangrannog, West Wales. Part of the 'Under
the Thatch' network (see below).
- Under the Thatch -http://www.underthethatch.co.uk
in completely original and different self-catering accommodation
-cabins, small houses, caravans, mostly in Wales but a few in
France too. Profits go to rescuing historic buildings at risk.
In 2007 they were awarded the 2007 Guardian/Observer Ethical
Travel award. The company aims to rent its accommodation every
night of the year and promotes responsibility for the environment
and the local communities.
- Waunifor, Wales -http://www.waunifor.com
Set in five acres of landscaped grounds, they have
six self catering stone cottages as well as events spaces and
meeting rooms. Features include a working pottery in the craft
studio and medicinal herb garden.
- Ynys Pandy,
North Wales -http://www.ynyspandy.co.uk/
cottage in North Wales -enjoy a slower pace of life in this farmhouse
that has achieved Green Dragon Environmental Standard level
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