Just because you want to travel doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit for the planet at the same time. Staycations are becoming more and more popular with those who want more sustainable travel options. Here are the best eco-friendly retreats in the UK to give you a little inspiration.
Bloomfield House – Bath, England
Bath is filled with some of the most impressive history in England. It is also home to Bloomfield House. The owners, Karen and Rob, welcome guests to their Georgian house that has been filled with second-hand furniture to fit the theme.
All of the breakfast ingredients have been sourced from local and organic suppliers, and the couple even offers vegetarian and vegan options. Bloomfield House also takes pride in refilling their plastic toiletries to help cut down on waste, while also providing guests free electric car charging points.
Saorsa Hotel – Pitlochry, Scotland
Veganism isn’t a trend; it’s a lifestyle – and one that many of us have embraced in recent years. Saorsa Hotel takes great pride in the fact it’s the UK’s first entirely vegan hotel. Everything from the food to the bedding and even down to the toiletries are all vegan-friendly. You can relax in style as a stay at this hotel fits into our lifestyles with ease. As if that wasn’t enough, you can reconnect with nature thanks to the surrounding woodland and mountain walks. It’s one of the best eco-friendly retreats in the UK for a reason!
The Zetter – London, England
Heading to London can still be eco-friendly. In fact, The Zetter has teamed style with planet-conscious decisions. Every aspect of the hotel has been built to be as eco-friendly as possible, such as the bore-hole under the building to help cool it down and provide water.
While they might be doing a great job already, the team wants to make sure it stays that way, so they have a monthly meeting to talk about how they can become even more environmentally conscious in the future.
The Green House Hotel – Bournemouth, England
The clue is in the name of this hotel as The Green House Hotel loves to take care of the environment. In fact, this Grade II Victorian mansion is one of the leading eco-hotels on the planet! The grounds are beautiful and come complete with bat boxes, beehives, and bird boxes got all the local wildlife. The hotel even makes use of the bees by making honey for the kitchen. That’s not all. The kitchen also uses local, seasonal produce for its meals.
Organig Parc – Llyn Peninsula, Wales
Organig Parc is tucked away in the Welsh countryside – Sugar Loaf Mountain, to be precise. Best name ever? We thought so, too. The five cottages are a part of a working farm that is entirely surrounded by National Trust woodlands and stretches of fields.
All the buildings are made from locally-sourced materials or salvaged items from former structures, such as beams from an old watermill. The homes are even insulated with sheep’s wool, and hot water and cooking are both thanks to individual AGAs.
Elmley Nature Reserve – Isle of Sheppey, England
A trip to Elmley Nature reserve means you can spend the night in shepherd’s huts and wake up surrounded by the breathtaking scenery. All of the cabins have been made from reclaimed wood before they were insulated with products made from 80% recycled bottles and coated in paint that’s environmentally friendly. The hotel uses former motorway gravel for their footpaths and runs off a generator rather than the grid. Still not enough? The family running the hotel likes to encourage their guests to use public transport.
Lazy Bed Cabin- Inverkirkaig, Scotland
Gita and David, owners of the Lazy Bed Cabin, have gone all out to make their cabins as eco-friendly as possible. Each cabin is insulated with sheep’s wool while the floors are crafted from local sycamore.
The couple also cleans local beaches on a regular occasion in between growing their own fruits and vegetables to use in meals for guests. Oh, and did we mention they source sustainable firewood for guests to use in their individual woodburners?
If you want to enjoy a staycation and help cut your impact on the planet, then it might be time to check out some of the best eco-friendly retreats in the UK for your next trip.