Intrigued by the idea of an eco staycation? According to booking.com’s 2019 sustainable travel report, 55 per cent of global travellers are more intent on making sustainable travel choices than they would have been a year prior. However, the travel website also found that a lack of understanding and desirable eco-friendly options are limiting the ability to put these conscious efforts into practice. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you.
Take a sustainable staycation at one of these spectacular countryside hotels, from a holiday cottage on the Cornish Coast to a luxury golf and spa hotel in the idyllic Dedham Vale. Looking for a sustainable staycation abroad? Check out our round up of eco-travel destinations from around the world.
Located just outside of London (18 miles from central) in the greener, more countrified county of Hertfordshire lies The Grove, a five-star luxury hotel featuring a world-renowned 18-hole golf course, resident restorative spa, and a spectacularly verdant 300-acre estate which offers idyllic countryside views from the Mansion Rooms at the top of the hill. The hotel has recently been awarded a Green Apple Environment Award for its continued dedication to sustainability and protecting the environment, including the replacement of single-use plastics (namely bottles and straws) with eco-friendly alternatives, and partnerships with both the Clean the World programme – the health organisation which supplies clean hotel amenities to less-fortunate places around the globe – and the homelessness charity New Hope Trust, in which the hotel donates linens, bathrobes and towelling. Superior Room rates start from £325. Book via thegrove.co.uk
Cosy up in a rustic sustainable shepherd’s hut, surrounded by beautiful woodland, yet just an hour away from London in Sussex. The ideal ‘glamping’ getaway, these stunning staycations from the Dorset-based luxury shepherds hut specialists Plankbridge feature a king size bed with views overlooking the glorious greenery, a homely and fully-equipped kitchen, a wood-fired hot-tub, and a wood burning stove for nestling fireside throughout the chillier seasons. As if we needed anymore of a reason to book into one of these circular countryside stays, the Roundhouse is also extremely eco-friendly, designed with fewer materials than traditional square buildings (20 per cent less exterior wall space), meaning heating and cooling bills are also minimised – great news for us, and the planet. From £280 for a two-night stay for two throughout low season. Commissions start from £55,000. Book via swallowtailhill.com
Situated on the spectacular Cornish coastline and immersed within picturesque sandstone cliffs, these luxury holiday lodges offer magnificent views overlooking Widemouth Bay and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Besides their rustic kebony wood exterior – an innovative sustainable and durable material – and beautiful setting, the Atlantic View Lodges have also been designed with the environment clearly in mind. Each of the holiday cottages is energy efficient, designed with solar thermal panels and eco-friendly air source heat pumps, as well as maintaining a green roof system which not only blends aesthetically into the glorious greenery beyond, but aims to minimise any effects on the surrounding natural environment. The ideal seaside escape for those desiring a slice of sustainable serenity, the secluded lodges promise peaceful relaxation, with the reposeful coast line just a stone’s throw away. Minimum 3 night stay from £615 depending on seasonality. Book via beachretreats.co.uk
Branded as a ‘luxury eco hotel just for grown ups’, Magwan Porth’s The Scarlet Hotel is a spectacular sustainable staycation. From breathtaking sea views experienced from almost every corner of the hotel, to luxurious and charming bedrooms boasting private courtyard terraces, the tranquil escape offers guests the opportunity to relax and recharge within stunning and unspoiled surroundings. Treat yourself to a massage in one of the Scarlet spa’s lantern-lit tented treatment rooms, tuck into a tasty and locally sourced meal at the Scarlet restaurant overlooking Mawgan Porth beach, or take a dip in the Cliff Top Hot Tub and observe the ocean with a glass of bubbles. While a luxurious and relaxing experience is what the retreat aims to provide its guests, sustainability is at the heart of the hotel too. From solar panels heating the indoor pool, to electricity produced entirely from renewable sources, the luxury accommodation even employs sustainably sourced organic towels and robes within its light-filled rooms and offers a good-natured discount to any guests who have travelled to the hotel ecologically. Rates start from £330 per night, for two people. Book via booking.com
After a delightful staycation at the Glass House Retreat, you’ll be feeling well-rested, rejuvenated and healthier than ever. The detox and fitness-inspired escape, immersed within an impressive seven acres of rural Essex landscape, offers guests the chance to relax and reenergise through the use of their trailblazing experts and facilities, including a panoramic gym, heated leisure pool, restorative spa offering an array of sought-after treatments, and delicious and nutritious raw and plant-based cuisine curated with fresh, local produce. While emphasis is placed on cleansing and refreshing the mind and body, the Glass House Retreat also acknowledges the importance of sustainability. The contemporary hotel has installed solar panels, rainwater recycling systems and a ground-source heat pump into the design of the building, so while you are improving your personal health, you’ll be ensuring the surrounding environment’s is maintained too. The Glass House Retreat opens in October 2019. Day rates start from £85 per person, while retreat prices start from £463 per person (second guests receive 40 percent discount if booking for double occupancy). Book via glasshouseretreat.co.uk
Situated within the idyllic countryside of the Dedham Vale, the Stoke by Nayland Hotel is a sustainable haven, with scope for golfing, dining, spa relaxing and residing in rural luxury. What sets this hotel apart from the rest is its dedication to providing sustainable hospitality. Not only is the blissful retreat entirely power independent (even supplying the national grid from time to time), but the owners have also put various systems in place in order to maintain and preserve the building’s surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The team have planted over 60,000 trees throughout the past 40 years, habitually ensure the golf courses are irrigated using ecologically reservoir-collected rainwater, and safeguard the surrounding hedgerow in support of any nesting or inhabiting wildlife. The hotel offers guests a stay in a luxury self-sufficient and eco-friendly lodge overlooking stunning countryside views of the encompassing pastoral landscape and immaculate golf course. B&B starts from £125 per night based on two sharing an executive single/cosy double room.
The Rose in Vale ticks all the boxes when it comes to a luxury country stay. Historic building? Check (in fact, Grade II listed). Ten acres of tranquil gardens and stunning surrounding landscape? Check. Dog friendly? Absolutely. The Cornish hotel is a hidden gem nestled within the picturesque village of Mithian, providing guests a serene place to relax and enjoy the beautiful seaside resort of Perranporth, located just a stone’s throw away. Make the most of dining out at the hotel’s AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, which serves up dishes curated with sustainable seafood and locally supplied produce, delight in a choice of cosy and romantic suites, a solar-heated outdoor pool and hot tub (for when the sun is shining) and an array of wonderful walking routes encompassing the hotel. Ensuring the staycation is as eco-friendly as possible, the hotel uses environmentally friendly biomass boilers for its hot water and heating, and also supports the work of sustainable local fisherman. Rates start from £139 per night, for two people. Book via booking.com
This beautiful award-winning country house hotel might look too exteriorly grand to be a sustainable haven, but sustainable it is indeed. Located within a spectacular Georgian manor house and 400 acres of stunning rural landscape, the hotel has put several tactics in place to ensure it is as eco-friendly as possible, such as sourcing local food to prepare at their fantastic seasonal restaurants, producing their own delicious ice creams, and investing in American green energy and automotive company Tesla. Miniature amenities within the hotel’s opulent rooms have also been swapped out to reduce the use of single-use plastics, so you can reside in luxury while keeping a sustainably clear conscience.
A wonderful ivy-clad and cosy country hotel situated within the historic and beautiful village of Beaulieu, The Montagu Arms – part of The Green Tourism Business Scheme – makes for a glorious countryside escape. Indulge in delicious seasonal, coast and country-inspired dishes at the hotel’s award-winning Terrace restaurant, headed up by Michelin-trained chef Matthew Whitfield, where home-grown sustainable produce is specially curated and picked by a resident kitchen gardener, only eggs from the hotel’s nest of rescue hens are used, and recipes have been tailored to minimise food waste as much as possible. Before and after meals, enjoy all of the stunning surrounding countryside the New Forest has to offer, or put your feet up in the hotel’s Thai spa located nearby at Careys Manor. Rates start from £179 per night.