Considering the size of the country, the amount of green stays available in the UK is pretty impressive; it also makes it hard to sift out some of the best. Here we share five eco hotels that stand out from the crowd for their eco credentials and environmental practices. Hopefully you’ll see something you like.
1. Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
The Scarlet Hotel – Cornwall’s luxury eco hotel – boasts 37 rooms and spa facilities with luxury treatments. The hotel has developed an extensive environmental policy covering recycling and waste reduction. All bathroom products are organic and the hotel makes use of a wide range of renewable technologies including solar panels, biomass and insulation. Staff at this hotel are encouraged to car share and are committed to a positive impact on the local environment, regularly getting involved in community initiatives to make the local area a better one. This includes organised beach cleanups and the purchase of locally sourced products and produce wherever possible.
Prices start at £270 for a nights break.
2. Belle Isle Estate, Fermanagh
A romantic island retreat in Northern Ireland catering for weekend breaks or large weddings, this estate has a stunning castle and cottages from which to choose. Food served in this castle is locally sourced, from fresh fish from the local lough and eggs laid on the property. Highlighted as an environmentally sensitive area, the estate has made a commitment to positively contribute to the locality. This involves the use of a wood pellet boiler, energy saving light bulbs and full recycling facilities. A massive 47 percent of the electricity used on site comes from renewable sources, and the estate works in conjunction with the local council to set waste reduction targets.
Prices start at £120 per night in one of the luxury cottages.
3. Asheston Eco Barns, Pembrokeshire
Asheston Eco Barns in Pembrokeshire, Wales offers five exquisitely restored barns with a 5* rating, equipped with wood-burning stoves and solar panels. The owners have their own eco principles published on their website – this includes commitment to reducing their impact on the local environment by encouraging guests to explore the local beautiful area on foot or by bike, and introducing recycling facilities on site. A wind turbine to provide electricity and a rain water harvesting facility ensures maximum reliance on renewable technologies. The site also has an environmentally friendly waste reducer, reducing strain on local council facilities.
Prices start at £400 per week for a 4 person barn.
4. The Treehouse, Somerset
This charming tree top cabin in Somerset, England, is a prime example of how making environmentally responsible choices does not mean compromising on quality. For every booking made, this lodge will plant a tree in the surrounding area and the owners make use of a range of environmentally friendly technologies, including a wood burning stove and maximum insulation. Guests are treated to a basket of local produce on arrival and are encouraged to use bikes rather than cars, and the owners are aiming to buy all their electricity from renewable sources in the near future.
Prices at this beautiful lodge start at £430 per week, depending on the season.
5. The Waterhouse, Dumfries
The Waterhouse in Dumfries, Scotland is a wooden lodge surrounded by stunningly beautiful gardens and local wildlife, the ideal place for a romantic break and local touring. Water supply comes from a well and is pumped and filtered on site and the lodge is heated with biomass technology. Coupled with energy saving lightbulbs and a solar panel, this unique lodge is committed to ensuring minimum impact on the local environment. The lodge is also naturist friendly, so if you enjoy holidaying in the nip, this is the place for you. Just make sure you go secure a summer booking… Dumfries can be chilly at the best of times!
Prices start from £300 for 2 adults in the low season, to £685 for 4 people in peak season.
About the Author: Catherine is based in Belfast, UK but is rarely in the country. Well travelled from her days as a backpacking (and broke) student, she's now enjoying life touring the world promoting renewable technologies, and of course sampling the best eco hotels available.