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Our 15 sustainable places to stay this summer

Eco-friendly places to stay across the UK that will tick all your holiday wishes.

Eco-friendly places to stay across the UK that will tick all your holiday wishes.

School’s out; and if you are planning a break by the coast, getting close to nature, time-out in luxury or exploring somewhere new; there are great sustainable places to stay across England, Scotland and Wales. So to help you, we’ve created a list of 15 of Triodos customers who have sustainability at their heart.

Staying in England

Battlesteads Hotel

Battlesteads Hotel is an award winning hotel and restaurant nestled in the picturesque village of Wark, Northumberland. Their observatory provides a unique opportunity for stargazers.

Sustainability credentials

Sustainability is intrinsically woven into every aspect of what they do. Awarded with the Green Tourism Gold Award, the owners are passionate about serving locally sourced produce and compliment this with their own home grown fruit and vegetables.

www.battlesteads.com

The Edge

 The Edge

The Edge, Whitsand Bay. Image ©Unique Home Stays www.uniquehomestays.com +44 (0) 1637 881942

Set in a cliff top location with a birds eye view of Whitsand Bay and the surrounding coast, The Edge is the perfect luxury self-catering beach cabin for honeymoons with a difference. A modern take on a traditional Cornish beach hut, there’s a fresh flavour to the luxury interiors of this eco-friendly cedar-clad creation.

Sustainability credentials

The Edge is made from sustainably-sourced cedar-cladding, has triple-glazed windows, natural wool insulation and holds a Green Tourism Gold Award.

www.uniquehomestays.com

Loveland Farm

 Loveland Farm

Loveland Farm

Loveland Farm is a family run smallholding and campsite in Bideford, Devon, where sustainability comes first. Located just one mile from Devon’s beautiful coastline which is famed for surf and beautiful sandy beaches, Loveland Farm Pods are a fabulous place to get back to nature in a style blanketed by the stars above.

Sustainability credentials

The family aim to be as green as possible. The campsite’s energy is sourced from their recycled woodchip 110kw biomass boiler and 5kw solar panels. They even have award winning compost loos!

www.lovelandfarmcamping.co.uk

Mazzard Farm

 Mazzard Farm

Mazzard Farm’s orchard in blosson

These award winning self-catering holiday cottages are just south of Ottery St Mary in Devon, and five miles from the Jurassic Coast. Old farm buildings have been converted into six sustainable and luxurious cottages. The 17-acre site includes beautiful woodlands, fields, orchards, a childrens play-area and cobbled courtyard.

Sustainability credentials

Mazzard Farm focus on reducing the impact they have on the environment and their surrounding countryside. From the biomass boiler to Solar PV panels,  or the sustainably converted cottages to the locally sourced food and homemade soaps – they’ve thought of everything.

www.mazzardfarm.com/

St Cuthbert’s House

 St Cuthbert's House

Mouth-watering locally sourced food at St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthberts House in Northumberland is a green award winning bed & breakfast, and is truly embedded in the community.

The six-bedroom former church building is positioned perfectly near Northumberland’s expansive, pristine beaches at the coastal village of Seahouses. The untouched natural surroundings have inspired St Cuthbert’s – with open horizons and crystal clear star-gazing nights, the environment has clearly made an impact on owners Jeff and Jill Sutheran when developing St Cuthbert’s House.

Sustainability credentials

St Cuthberts focus on supporting the local industry and not damaging the fragile landscape. From using local suppliers for food, art and all aspects of the business they strive to be a “green B&B, without costing the earth”.

“We use suppliers who share our values, and in working together we can help to sustain and build our fragile local economy – something we are very proud of”.

Jeff Sutheran, Owner – St Cuthbert’s House

www.stcuthbertshouse.com/

Wheatland Farm

Wheatland Farm is a multi-award winning low impact eco-tourism business near Winkleigh in Devon. Owners Ian and Maggie Watson say they have lots of fun making sure their eco-credentials are on show, as well as being part of the construction.

Sustainability credentials

Green Business Gold Award holders, they manage their land sustainably, promote local produce, educate people about wildlife and farming, help people access wildlife, and follow environmental good practice.

www.wheatlandfarm.co.uk

Summerhill Farm

 Summerhill Farm

Summerhill Farm

Whether it’s a family holiday, a quiet weekend break for that special occasion, or a few days away from it all in the tranquil surroundings of mid Devon, Summerhill Farm provides the perfect place to stay.

Sustainability credentials

Summerhill Farm is an organic Soil Association demonstration farm. It has a mixture of crops and traditional farmyard animal breeds including a flock of Black Welsh sheep.

www.summerhill-farm.co.uk/

Bangors Organic

 Bangors Organic

Bangors Organic

Based near Bude in Cornwall, Bangors Organic is in the perfect location for a long weekend away exploring the beauty of Cornwall.

Sustainability credentials

Bangors Organic is a Soil Association certified bed and breakfast – one of just three in the UK. All the fresh organic produce for the house and restaurant is grown on their five-acre grounds, and an 11kw wind turbine provides clean green energy to the house.

www.bangorsorganic.co.uk/

Staying in Scotland

Argyll Hotel

 Mike and Becci Julian House

Argyll Hotel

Nestled on the magical island of Iona, off the south west coast of the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Highlands is the Argyll Hotel. The hotel is a fantastic base from which to explore this beautiful jewel offering time out to recuperate and renew body and soul.

Sustainability credentials

This family run hotel is both Green Tourism Gold Award and Soil Association Organic Standard accredited. They keep a proud tradition of running an ethical business, striving to limit their impact on the beautiful Iona environment and to ensure that it remains intact for generations to come.

www.argyllhoteliona.co.uk/

Calgary Self Catering

 Calgary Self Catering

Calgary Self Catering

Located beside the beautiful white sands of Calgary Bay is a selection of eco friendly accommodation right on the gateway to Mull’s West coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
As well as the eco friendly accomodation there is a woodland sculpture walk, café and art galleries all on site, just up the hill from the white sands of Calgary beach.

Sustainability credentials

From recycling their waste, sourcing sustainable energy, and keeping their impact on nature to a minimum, this Green Tourism Gold Award holder encourage a greater responsibility of protecting our enviroment, and are focused on monitoring and raising awareness of these issues.

www.calgary.co.uk/

Comrie Croft

 Comrie Croft

Comrie Croft

Looking for somewhere to wake up and smell the daisies? With a farmstead hostel, group accommodation, camping, nordic kåtas, walking trails, wildlife viewing and some of the best compact mountain-biking in the country Comire Croft in Perthshire has it all.

Sustainability credentials

Green Tourism Gold Award eco-camping site and mountain biking centre. This collaborative ‘crofting community’ manages the land according to permaculture principles.

www.comriecroft.com/

The Coillabus

 The Coillabus

The Coillabus

These lodges on the island of Islay offer visitors a luxury eco friendly holiday experience.

Sustainability credentials

Built by local craftsmen, the two turf-roofed cottages at Coillabus are clad in local stone and sit in harmony with their moorland surroundings. The building uses sheep wool insulation, reclaimed wood and Caithness slab flooring throughout – with air source heating to complete the developments eco-credentials. All of which are matched by even more impressive panoramic views the island of Islay.

www.coillabus.com/

Flodigarry Hotel

 Flodigarry Hotel

Flodigarry Hotel

The award winning Flodigarry Hotel on the Isle of Skye commands a panoramic position overlooking the sea towards the Torridon mountains and the mainland of Scotland. This traditional family run hotel is in a stunning location on the Trotternish peninsula, 20 miles north east of the island capital of Skye, Portree.

Sustainability credentials

The hotel keeps a green tourism policy, which includes insuring all their food is fairtrade, local, sustainable and minimises the impact on the environment.

www.hotelintheskye.co.uk/

Staying in Wales

Caemorgan Mansion

 Caemorgan Mansion

Caemorgan Mansion

Caemorgan Mansion is a 5 Star Guest house, graded by the AA. They are ideally located 5 mins from Cardigan in south Wales and 10 mins from beautiful beaches around the bay. Set in it’s own grounds, their luxuriously appointed bedrooms make a stay a special occasion every time.

Sustainability credentials

Caemorgan prides itself on its ‘green’ credentials which includes their PV solar panels, biomass heating, LED lighting and locally sourced products. They are also a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and hold a Trip Advisor Green Leaders Silver level status.

www.caemorgan.com/

Troedy-y-Rhiw Farms

 Troedy-y-Rhiw

Troedy-y-Rhiw

Troed-y-Rhiw is a 23-acre farm situated in Ceredigion, South Wales. The farm was established in 2008 and is owned and run by Nathan Richards and Alicia Miller.

Sustainability credentials

The farm focuses on sustainable, local food and grows vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs, serving the immediate community through their veg box scheme.

www.troedyrhiwfarm.co.uk/

 

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L Daniel 8 months ago

Looks and sounds great … Good to know about & Definitely worth visiting.

Stephen Cragg 7 months ago

Fantastic – I’m happy to be informed but I’m sure there are many, many more . . . .

Shaz 7 months ago

They look lovely, thanks. There are some places which are now on my ‘To Visit’ list 🙂
– A map indicating the various locations would have been really helpful.
– Sorry to see no places in the south east.
A very useful and interesting resource. Love it, and look forward to more!