- Self catering eco accommodation in
- Artemis, Provence -http://www.artemisenprovence.com
- A pair of simple bioclamtic
gites in Rousillon built of local materials with solar powered
hot water and heating. They particularly welcome physically or
visually impaired clients.
Eco friendly luxury gites in the Poitou Charente
region in SW France. They are commited to self-sufficiency and
as well as recycling, composting, renewable heating and a salt
water pool, they also plant idigenous trees in their own site
to offset your travel.
year old house in Provence offering a range of self catering
suites and apartments that you can use as a base to unwind and
explore the countryside. Also offers facilities for training
- Covert Cabin, Dordogne
- 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.
- Earthship France, Ger, Normandy -www.earthship-france.com
Stay in and observe the operation of France's first
earthship -designed by Mike Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture
in Texas, this is the first Earthship available to rent outside
Gites de Lénault,
Farmhouse being restored
to provide family holidays in comfortable ecological gites, using
eco-friendly materials with alternative energy and grey water
systems. Supply organic, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits,
either grown by themselves or sourced locally.
- Eco Gite le Champ de l'Etre, near Rouen -www.champdeletre.com
- A group gite in the village
of Croix Saint Leroy (Eure), one hour from Paris in a restored
agricultural building. Features include natural materials, hot
water by solar panels, heating by a wood granular boiler, recovery
of rainwater, double flow ventilation with a static heat exchanger,
self-purification on plant filters. Suitable for families and
also larger groups for training -craft industry, yoga, chikong,
- Eco Gite St Jean Le Thomas, Calvados, Normandy -www.dodgygreengeezer.com
Sympathetic eco-renovation of an old shop offering
accommodation for up to thirteen people by builder Douglas Beal.
A wood-burner with a back boiler connected via an accumulator
tank heats the re-claimed radiators and also provides a secondary
heat source to the solar water heating system. In the garden,
a permaculture inspired vegetable and herb garden has a covered
area for sitting and there is a barbecue area.
- Evovacances Bretagne, Brittany -www.ecovacancesbretagne.com
- Two straw bale holiday home
with ocean views available to rent for up to five persons each.
Features include solar heating and Joetul woodstove, and the
homes are just 150m from he coastal path. Also offer a picturesque
bed and breakfast at Moulin du Roz.
Bien Etre, Auvergne
Two gites set in peaceful gardens
that are an ideal base to explore the local villages and countryside.
Offer specialist knowledge of the local property market for househunters.
Gite, Brittany -www.greengite.com
- Set within an ancient five acre
site this eco retreat offers both the ancient Stone Cottage and
The Groundhouse, a stunning ecological home designed by eco-consultant
Daren Howarth, which was featured on Grand Designs and selected
by Kevin McCloud as one of his top five all time favourites.
The Groundhouse is based on the owner's work with earthships
and represents a highly advanced adaptation of this exemplary
ecological concept to the temperate european climate. The
three-bedroom passive solar earth sheltered house designed has
a complete opening front face onto organic gardens, as well as
the round room with its vaulted ceiling. The bathroom features
a luxury stone bath and basin and state of the art swedish dry
toilet, while the kitchen is hand crafted from salvaged wood
worktops. Solar powered and secluded, the groundhouse is a very
- Les Mortiers,
Loire Valley -www.frenchholiday.co.uk
- A pair of restored 18th century
barns with heated pool. The owners are big on green issues and
encourage recycling, local shopping, composting and local bike
hire. Solar power is used to heat water in the house with geothermic
heating and hot water.
- La Mendrerie, Midi -www.gite-bio.com
- Bio Gite in the Parc Regional
de Haut Languedoc renoveted by a former acupuncturist from South
London. Accommodation in the restored 1850 house and smaller
studio gite fitted with solar panels, recycling systems, a wood
stove, organic garden and a 'composting toilet' in a separate
building overlooking the pond.
- Mill Retreat Centre, Normandy -www.millretreatcentre.com
peaceful retreat in Normandy with up to 40 bed spaces for guests
plus yoga, meditation and meeting rooms. There are 30 acres of
grounds with lake and a variety of wildlife habitats to explore.
Nid des Anges,
A rustic bioclimatic gite for up to 15 people in the Ardeche.
Constructed of natural materials and simply decorated, this is
a place to reconnect with nature, offering a number of countryside
- Penviny's Eco Cottage, Brittany -www.eco-gite-penviny-bretagne.fr
- A renovated gite catering for
6-8 persons with direct sea views over the Bay of Audierne. The
building underwent extensive renovation in 2008, using ecological
m,aterials -lime, hemp and straw, and features a wood burning
stove as its centre-piece.
- Perche dans le Perche, Normandy -www.perchedansleperche.com
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.
- PetitesPyrenees, Haute-Garonne www.petitespyrenees.net
- Self catering accommodation
for 1 to 4 adults (or a family), located in rge Petites Pyrénées
on the edge of the French Pyrénéan mountains, 63
km from Toulouse. Ideally suited for cyclists, hill walkers,
artists and bird watchers, the house is situated on the outskirts
of Couladrère village with views of the snow capped Pyrénéan
mountains to the south and overlooking the busy market town of
Cazères to the north. Many green features, including discounts
for cyclists and train travelers, 3kw photo voltaic electricity
panels, solar hot water, heavily insulated), wood burning stoves,
extensive vegetable gardens, fruit trees, composting, water capture.
- La Source,
- A renovated hay barn close to
the Grand Massif ski area. The eco chalet accommodates twelve
people and was restored using environmentally friwendly techniques
-the walls are super insulated, it has wood pellet heating and
the natural source supplies the water for the hot tub, Owners
Saskia and Duncan are happy to share their passion for the place,
whilst raising environmental consciousness, and their blog tells
the story of the commune that carried out the restoration.
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