Going eco-friendly for your next holiday doesn’t have to mean forfeiting your home comforts and luxuries. Many eco holiday cottages are well-equipped with all the mod-cons you need for a comfortable and memorable stay. If you’ve been planning an eco-friendly holiday of your own, read on to discover some of the best-located eco cottages in the UK. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat hidden in the hills or an activity-packed beach holiday, we’ve got you covered.
Location: Carmarthenshire, South Wales
This cosy, Scandanavian-style log cabin has everything you need for a romantic retreat for two. Secretly nestled among the trees, you’ll experience complete tranquillity during your stay – ideal if you’re looking for a break from the hectic bustle of everyday life. If you can tear yourself away from the peace and quiet of Little Trees, you’ll find plenty of Carmarthenshire countryside and coastal strolls right on your doorstep.
If you do one thing: The nearby village of Amroth is part of the breathtaking Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Leave your car on the drive and take a relaxing stroll along the sandy shores of Pendine Sands, just two miles from Little Trees.
Where to eat: For a traditional Sunday lunch with all the home comforts, the Amroth Arms serves up fantastic home-cooked food. In the summer months, sit outside and enjoy stunning views of the sweeping coastline.
Location: Kent, England
Set in the idyllic Kent countryside, Bumble Barn is a modern and unique eco-retreat. Wake up and enjoy an al fresco breakfast on the patio, while soaking up relaxing views of the surrounding valleys. You might even want to leave your car and holiday itinerary behind during your stay. Traditional village shops and country pubs are only just a stone’s throw away from Bumble Barn.
If you do one thing: Explore the ancient woodland of Spong Wood, a nature reserve right on the doorstep of Bumble Barn. Keep an eye out for the elusive roe deer who wander through the trees!
Where to eat: Just a five-minute walk from Bumble Barn is the family run George Inn, a traditional rural pub with regular music nights and tasty home-cooked food. Popular with visitors and locals alike, cosy up next to the open inglenook fire and enjoy a warming meal after a busy day of exploring.
The Chicken Shed
Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire
If you’re looking for something between a glamping retreat and log cabin stay, The Chicken Shed might just be for you. Located in the picturesque surroundings of the North York Moors National Park in Yorkshire, this quirky retreat has all the basics needed for a comfortable and memorable stay.
Boasting splendid views of the rolling valleys and coastline beyond, The Chicken Shed is ideally located for those who enjoy a secluded, rural atmosphere. Keen walkers will enjoy the abundance of countryside and coastal walking paths in the area. You can even bring your dog along to enjoy them too!
If you do one thing: The historic seaside port of Whitby is just a ten-minute drive north from The Chicken Shed. While you’re there, explore the history of Whitby Abbey, a gothic 7th-century monastery that has been the muse of artists and writers for centuries, including Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
Where to eat: Just a short drive away in the town of Whitby, Trenchers is a popular Italian-style restaurant serving up sustainably-sourced seafood dishes. The restaurant was recently awarded the title of ‘Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year’, so you might want to try the all-time seaside classic.
Location: Somerset, England
Cosy, contemporary and set in the picturesque village of Cheddar, The Levels is a stunning luxury eco-lodge for two. With features including a smart TV, walk-in waterfall shower and specialist wine cooler, you might not ever want to leave the luxury of The Levels! After a day of exploring your scenic surroundings, soak your stresses away in the hot tub while gazing up at the evening sky. Bliss!
If you do one thing: Attracting over 500,000 visitors a year, Cheddar is best known for its historic Cheddar Gorge. Take a journey down into the ancient caves and explore the rich history of Gough’s Cave where prehistoric remains have been discovered. Alternatively, the nearby rock climbing and free-fall activities will grab the interest of thrillseekers.
Where to eat: It’s impossible to miss the bright pastel blue exterior of the Lion Rock Tea Rooms as you wander through the quaint village of Cheddar. Inside, the award-winning cosy cafe offers a mouthwatering variety of cream teas and sweet treats. There’s even a secluded garden area upstairs for you to enjoy the views on warm summer days.
Sea Mist 2 Plus
Location: Cornwall, England
Brightly painted beach huts, sandy coves and rugged coastal cliffs spring to mind when we think of Cornwall. Hidden away in a secluded and idyllic valley, this dog-friendly retreat is ideal for a relaxing family break by the seaside. Designed with all the traditional home comforts in mind, you’ll look forward to returning to Sea Mist after a fun-filled day spent splashing about and making holiday memories at the nearby Porthtowan Beach.
If you do one thing: Spending a day at the nearby Blue Flag beaches is a given, but if you want to try something a little different, Koru Kayaking offers guided adventures with incredible views along the St. Agnes coastline and surrounding areas. Keep an eye out for grey seals and basking sharks along the way!
Where to eat: With its shabby-chic decor, surfer vibes and relaxed atmosphere, Blue Bar could be considered the quintessential beachside bar. From burgers to pizzas and locally sourced seafood dishes, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to visit just before sunset to enjoy awe-inspiring sea views of the sun setting behind the coast.
Location: Northumberland, England
With its wild moorland and sweeping coastlines, it’s no surprise that the Northumberland coast is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Located in the dramatic surroundings of Brada Quarry, this spacious eco-lodge brings you right back to nature with glorious rural views from every window.
Mallow Lodge is just a short drive away from some of the best Northumberland landmarks, including the historic Bamburgh Castle.
If you do one thing: If you do just one thing while visiting Northumberland, exploring Bamburgh Castle is a must. The castle is steeped in history, with its origins dating back almost 1,500 years. History buffs will love discovering the various artefacts, heirlooms and medieval weaponry displayed within the castle’s walls.
Where to eat: Located in the nearby scenic village of Bamburgh, The Potted Lobster offers a comfortable and homely dining experience. Tuck into tasty seafood dishes, such as Shetland Mussels and crab salad, or even treat yourself to a whole fresh lobster! There’s a designated dog-friendly area, too.
Bracken Log Cabin
Location: Perth, Scotland
With electricity generated by a wind turbine and hot water produced by its ground source heating supply, Bracken Log Cabin is the ideal choice for a truly eco-friendly holiday. Enjoy unspoiled views of the Perth countryside, meadows and local wildlife from the comfort of Bracken Log Cabin. Or, if you’d prefer an adventure, grab your walking boots and experience the many hiking trails that begin right on your front door.
If you do one thing: Take a journey to Scone Palace (pronounced scoon), an impressive 12th century stately home which was once the residence of Scottish royalty. While you’re there, visit its beautiful gardens and take on the challenge of the Murray Star Maze – great fun for both adults and children alike!
Where to eat: If you’re looking for an eco-friendly eatery, Pillars Of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe is just a short 15-minute drive away from the cabin. Using 95% organic ingredients, the cafe offers an exclusively vegetarian main menu, with dishes including a full veggie breakfast, homemade bean burgers and buckwheat crepes.
Location: East Sussex, England
Located in quiet East Sussex countryside, Cedarwood is a cosy, compact cabin for two. Hidden behind a copse of trees, you’ll experience complete privacy and isolation while cosying up in front of the woodburning stove. There’s even a smart TV with Netflix and WiFi, in case you want to reconnect with the rest of the world at some point!
If you do one thing: The town of Hastings is just eight miles away, with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and attractions to keep you entertained. Browse its vintage and boutique shops, take a stroll along the picturesque shingle beachfront and pier or explore the historic castle ruins that overlook the town.
Where to eat: For an authentic taste of Italy, dine out at Rustico Italiano in Hastings. This Italian pizzeria offers a huge menu, including traditional Naples street food and over 20 different pizza and calzone combinations. There’s even the option for vegan cheese and gluten-free pizza bases.
Hartsop Lodge Deluxe
Location: Cumbria, England
Hartsop Lodge Deluxe is a cosy and eco-friendly cabin retreat for four, featuring biomass heating throughout. Located in the heart of the stunning Lake District, it’s a fantastic setting for those who enjoy getting back to nature on their holidays. It’s a dog-friendly property, so even your pooch can enjoy the awe-inspiring walks in the nearby area!
If you do one thing: The longest lake in England is just seven miles away from Hartsop Lodge. Take a Windermere lake cruise and enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and wooded isles in comfort.
Where to eat: If you’re looking to cut down your environmental impact, try Zeffirellis – a cinema and vegetarian restaurant with an Italian theme. Tuck into tasty veggie Italian classics, including Pomodoro spaghetti, baked cannelloni and mushroom tagliatelle.