8 Luxury Eco Staycations to Book Post-Lockdown
Dreaming of your next getaway (who isn’t?) and intrigued by the UK’s impressive array eco staycations? Take a trip to one of these notable 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 to plan for the future? Check out our round up of eco-travel destinations from around the world.
The Best Luxury Eco Staycations UK
Located in Hertfordshire (approx. 18 miles from London), The Grove is a five-star luxury hotel and 300-acre estate comprising a world-renowned 18-hole golf course, award-winning spa, and an abundance of culinary delights. The hotel has been awarded a Green Apple Environment Award for its continued dedication to protecting the environment, such as the replacement of single-use plastics with eco-friendly alternatives, the use of solar panels, and partnership with the Clean the World programme which supplies clean hotel amenities to less-fortunate places around the globe. The hotel has also achieved an impressive 36 per cent reduction in CO2 generated over the past 10 years. During your stay, be sure to visit ‘Jemima’s Kitchen Garden’, where fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs – and even honey – are grown on site. Plus, the garden’s permaculture philosophy has created a home for plenty of wildlife. thegrove.co.uk
Motivated by a desire to feed her children better, Lady Carole Bamford set out to turn her family’s farmland into a sustainable business. Little did she know, 40 years later Daylesford would stand as one of the most eco-friendly farms in the UK, with branches of cafes, restaurants and shops dotted across the country. The Gloucestershire farm offers eco staycations too, with five cosy converted stone cottages available to book alongside a Bamford spa, an artisan cookery school and an award-winning farm shop. Daylesford is a pioneer in its field, leading the way in organic farming, zero waste dining and clean energy. The farm’s eateries – The Old Spot Restaurant, The Trough Café and The Legbar – were recently awarded a Green Star by the Michelin Guide, a new accolade given to restaurants that have made exceptional steps to being a sustainable business. During a stay at Daylesford you’ll be eating and drinking organic produce made mere footsteps away, including meat raised from truly free-range, slow-grown animals that roam the farm’s pastures. daylesford.com
If intrigued by agritourism, a stay at Swallowtail Hill can’t go amiss. The 40-acre farm located in the Sussex countryside provides all the necessary components for a unique ‘glamping’ getaway – rustic accommodation, woodfired hot tubs, a charming farm shop, hill top tent and more – but with sustainability firmly rooted at the business’s core. The environment is of vital importance to owners Sarah and Christopher, of which 31 acres of the estate are included within the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme. From flower meadows to ponds and woodland, the farm is a haven for wildlife, and a joy to explore. What’s more, Swallowtail states that it is a carbon positive estate. The farm sources renewable energy from supplier Good Energy and its 14-panel solar PV installation (which sends roughly 3,500 KWh to the grid every year). The business has gone to great lengths to ensure sustainability – even eco-friendly composting toilets have been employed. swallowtailhill.com
Situated on the Cornish coastline and immersed within picturesque sandstone cliffs, these three-bedroom luxury eco lodges – featuring spacious, contemporary interiors incorporating environmental technology and located just 10 metres from the beach – offer magnificent views overlooking Widemouth Bay. With their rustic kebony wood exterior – an innovative sustainable and durable material – and notable grass roofs, the Atlantic View Lodges have been designed with careful consideration of the surrounding environment. 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 greenery beyond, but provides insulation and aims to minimise any effects on the surrounding natural environment. The ideal seaside escape, these secluded lodges promise peaceful relaxation, with the reposeful coastline just a stone’s throw away. You might also be pleased to know that furry friends are welcome too. beachretreats.co.uk
An adults-only haven perched above the golden Mawgan Porth beach, The Scarlet has won numerous sustainability awards since opening in 2009. Eco-friendly practices were actioned right from the beginning: when the hotel was built, the stone walls on the site were deconstructed carefully to allow over 100 small reptiles to be rehoused. All insulation, meanwhile, was sent to keep monkeys at the nearby sanctuary warm. This set the tone for the hotel’s eco-minded future. Its sustainability credits can be seen in details big and small – from the fact that all electricity comes from renewable sources to the locally handmade, organic soap bars found in bathrooms, which guests are encouraged to take home with them. Nose to tail dining ensures very little wastage in the restaurant – an idyllic spot overlooking the bay – while flip flops given to guests in the spa are made from recycled vehicle tyres. scarlethotel.co.uk
Situated within the idyllic countryside of the Dedham Vale, Stoke by Nayland Hotel is a luxury retreat with scope for golfing, dining, and relaxing in rural splendour. Besides its desirable location, what sets this inviting, family-owned hotel apart from the rest is its dedication to providing eco-conscious hospitality. Not only is the blissful retreat entirely power independent (with the means to supply power to the national grid), but the owners have also put various systems in place to maintain and preserve the building’s surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The team has planted over 60,000 trees throughout the past 40 years, habitually ensures the championship golf courses are irrigated using ecologically reservoir-collected rainwater, and safeguards the surrounding hedgerow on behalf of any nesting or inhabiting wildlife. If you’re looking for a luxury hideaway, the hotel also offers a choice of four sumptuous, self-sufficient and solar powered lodges. stokebynayland.com
As eco staycations go, The Rose in Vale ticks all the boxes. Historic building? Check (Grade II listed). 10 acres of tranquil gardens and idyllic surrounding landscape? Check. Dog friendly? Check. The Cornish hotel is a hidden gem nestled within the picturesque village of Mithian, providing guests with a serene place to relax and enjoy the beautiful seaside resort of Perranporth, located just a short drive away. Make the most of dining out at the hotel’s AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, which serves up dishes created 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 scenic walking routes encompassing the hotel. Ensuring its services are 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. roseinvalehotel.co.uk
An ivy-clad country hotel situated within the historic and picturesque village of Beaulieu, The Montagu Arms – part of The Green Tourism Business Scheme which champions sustainable travel business – 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 (a former chef at New York’s three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park), where ingredients are either homegrown or sourced directly from The New Forest and nearby counties. What’s more, 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. Where (albeit delicious) food isn’t concerned, delight in exploring the spectacular New Forest countryside (all 186,100 acres of it). In fact, the hotel donates £1 from every stay to The New Forest Trust’s ‘Love the Forest’ campaign which raises funds for the forest’s conservation. montaguarmshotel.co.uk
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