5 Great Eco-Getaways in the UK
The weather is turning cold, darkness falls ever earlier, and the countdown to Christmas has begun… Those final months of the year can be such a drag, so it’s the ideal time to find something to look forward to! You don’t have to spend a fortune or jet off far away – instead, why not enjoy a cosy winter getaway right here in the UK?
When you think of a holiday, the UK isn’t always the first destination that comes to mind. However, with its variety of cosy cottages, lodges and yurts perhaps it should be. If you can’t get enough time off work for a long-haul holiday, or don’t have the funds for that American road trip, you can still escape the hostility of a long winter cooped up at home. Besides, a holiday in the UK means you don’t have to worry about the right SPF, vaccinations and bug spray – all you need is your travel partner and your winter warmers!
There is a phenomenal selection of UK based trips that aim to provide great stays for their guests as well as ensuring that they’re not damaging the surrounding area in the process. This variety makes it easier for travellers to find high quality, affordable and sustainable getaways. So why not book and enjoy a guilt and hassle free vacation this winter? Take a break and cosy up with your loved ones in front of a wood burning fireplace in one of these lovely eco-lodges.
Avoid the winter city blues, and instead explore the countryside at Balebarn Eco Lodge. This former cowshed has been updated into a luxurious eco-friendly lodge, keeping its original pillars intact to maintain its sense of rustic charm and character. With room for up to eight guests, this lodge is an ideal space for a group getaway or family gathering in the country; cosy up around the wood burner and enjoy a game of Monopoly – or perhaps a game of cards if your family gets a bit too competitive!
This charismatic lodge is one of a kind, with gorgeous warm wooden interiors bringing a taste of the countryside indoors. With this kind of luxury, you may be shocked to discover that this lodge is also eco-friendly; with its low-carbon emissions and straw bale insulation, you can truly enjoy the countryside without leaving a huge carbon footprint. So sit back, relax, and take in the gorgeous views of the Devonshire countryside from the comfort of your veranda. At Balebarn Eco Lodge you can enjoy a truly relaxing holiday at a brilliant price – and, all without leaving the UK!
With a variety of natural wonders hidden deep in the rolling hills, North Wales has plenty to offer, from canoeing and caving to climbing and mountaineering. For those looking for an action-packed adventure holiday in the UK, Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse provides the perfect platform! The lodge’s proximity to the stunning Snowdonia National Park also makes this experience ideal for nature lovers.
The lodge’s charming rooms are guaranteed to get you excited: their Lord of the Rings-style turf-roofed ‘Hobbit Room’ is something straight out of your fantasies, whilst the ‘Moelwyn Bach’ room provides stunning views of the lake (if Hobbits aren’t your thing…) Bryn Elltyd also provides you with access to the sauna and conservatories, or you can take a stroll through the gardens before heading off for a Snowdonia adventure!
Be prepared to leave your perceptions about camping behind as you explore the beautiful Cornish coast this winter! This isn’t your typical nylon camping prison; at the Koa Tree Camp, you can snuggle up in a gorgeous traditional Mongolian yurt renowned for its eco-friendly and comfortable qualities. If a yurt isn’t your cup of tea, there’s also the option to stay within a Norwegian Log Cabin for a warm and homely experience.
The camp’s location allows you to rediscover the ‘great outdoors’, and to reconnect with nature. Situated a mere stone’s throw away from the dramatic Cornish coastline, you can visit local wildlife reserves and beaches, with options to surf the waves, kayak and paddle board – with all this on offer right at home who needs to travel overseas? This rural retreat combines the magic of the outdoors with comfort and style to provide the ultimate glamping experience.
For a break from the rush of traffic and light pollution why not head down to the idyllic countryside of the Elan Valley in Wales? This getaway allows you to get back to nature and explore moorlands, rivers and reservoirs. With lots of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and excellent birdwatching spots, this is the ideal destination for nature and animal lovers. Not only will you be surrounded by 70 square miles of unspoilt countryside, but you will also be staying in the traditional, cosy Nannerth Cottage.
When you think of holidaying in the UK you might think of waking up to the sound of rain pattering down on nylon tents. However, you can rest assured that this retreat will be anything but grim and gloomy, as you snuggle up in a comfortably furnished cottage complete with a wood-burner to warm your soul. Say ‘no’ to treks through muddy camping sites and ‘yes!’ to a tranquil getaway in the heart of Wales.
By Alysia-Marie Annett (Eco Companion)