If you’re looking for a holiday or planning a trip with a low environmental impact, here are some tempting sustainable choices.

All have been awarded the Gold level Green Tourism Award.


For hotels, sustainability shouldn’t mean scaling back on comforts – just finding environmentally friendly alternatives. Like sourcing ingredients locally, installing low-energy use LED lighting or featuring reclaimed items of furniture.


1.  Green House Hotel, Bournemouth
Beautiful boutique hotel that lives and breathes sustainability. Renowned for its exceptional contribution to the environment, with 100% wool carpets, vegetable inked wallpaper and low energy consumption TVs. And their wood furniture is made in the UK from trees felled by storms or tree surgeons. Visit Green House Hotel website

2. The Edge, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall
Luxury self-catering beach cabin with sustainably-sourced cedar cladding, triple-glazed windows and natural wool insulation. Dogs can stay, and a salt water dip’s only a stroll away! It’s clifftop setting brings you cormorants, kestrels, peregrine falcons and dolphins as neighbours. Visit The Edge website

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3. Griff House, Buxton and Peak District
Refurbished Victorian B&B run to have minimal effect on the environment, while keeping comfort levels high. From locally made jams and orange juice in re-used glass containers at breakfast to line dried washing to no-car activity options and lockable cycle storage, it’s a very much dyed-in-the-wool eco offering. Visit Griff House website

4. Compton Pool Farm, South Devon
12th century farm cottages nestled in a warm tranquil valley, where guests are encouraged to get involved in green initiatives. It’s 14 acres of  countryside are home to a variety of flora and fauna which the owners are dedicated to protecting. Visit Compton Pool Farm website

5. The Oakley Court, Windsor
Quintessential country house hotel which equips guests with a map to explore the 33-acre grounds, including a nature trail with hedgehog homes and bird houses, 150 year old trees and driftwood sculptures. Visit The Oakley Court website

6. Egerton House Hotel, London
Luxury 5* hotel whose green practices include using a 100% carbon neutral water company and giving lost property that has been unclaimed for 6 months to charity shops. Paper, cardboard, glass, printer cartridges and batteries are recycled, solar panels provide energy and the hotel supports conservation initiatives. Visit Egerton House Hotel website

7. The Grand, Brighton
Majestic seafront hotel sourcing food seasonally and locally, recycles old furniture by donating to charity or organisations who can reuse and promotes the use of bikes, car share and shared taxis and public transport. Re-uses water for plant borders, re-processing used vegetable oil and encourages the use of bio-fuels. Visit The Grand website

8. The Langdale Hotel, Lake District
Luxury 4* hotel with boutique style rooms overlooking the cascading Great Langdale Beck, a nature trail promoting indigenous wildlife and a flower meadow. Uses maximum insulation and biomass carbon neutral energy systems. Chooses local, fair trade and organic products with minimal packaging and recycles glass, paper, cardboard, drinks cans, plastic, fluorescent tubes, ink and toner cartridges and batteries. Donates small electrical items and old furniture. Waste oil is converted to biodiesel. Visit The Langdale Hotel website


9. Owl Barn Retreat, Powys
Rural pet-friendly self-catering cottage near the tallest waterfall in the UK, with a very high sustainable specification and many innovative eco materials, such as worktops made from recycled glass bottles. Its wildlife garden attracts numerous birds, butterflies, dragonflies and frogs. Visit Owl Barn Retreat website

10. Clynfyw Farm Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Organic farm self-catering holiday cottages, set among 200 acres and miles of woodland trails and walks. The farm offers an apple-juicing service where apples you pick will be juiced and bottled for you at a low cost. Charcoal for summer BBQs is made with wood from the woodland. Visit Clynfyw Farm website

11. Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse, Snowdonia
700ft high guesthouse running entirely on sustainable renewable energy, with turf-roofed buildings, wool insulation, solar panels and rain water harvesting – plus a sauna, electric car charge points and homemade bread, baked fresh each morning. Visit Bryn Elltyd website


12. Woodick Mill, Orkney
Burnside mill building restored using original timbers and recycled materials, with self-catering apartments in a serene natural environment with ducks, trout and grey wagtails. The eco-friendly building is highly insulated and warmed by heat pump with solar panels providing hot water. Visit Woodwick Mill website

13. Signal Rock, Glencoe
Secluded mountain view cottages tucked in amongst ancient trees and surrounded by 50 acres of mixed woodlands abundant with birds, butterflies and deer. Herbs are planted around the cottages for guests to use in cooking, all paper is recycled and cleaning materials are eco-friendly. There’s also a yearly tree-planting program, and shrubs are grown for berries. Visit Signal Rock website

14. Isle Of Eriska, Hotel, Spa and Island, Oban 
Luxury 5* hotel on its own 300 acre island where Highland cattle graze, badgers visit and grey seals swim in surrounding waters.  Its Michelin star restaurant uses only ingredients are sourced either from the gardens or as locally as possible. The hotel is continually improving its operations’ sustainability. Visit Isle of Eriska Hotel website

Northern Ireland

15. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, County Down
Beachside hotel nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne. The spa pool temperature is monitored and water comes from the ground via a borehole. Nothing’s sent to landfill, with food waste, paper, cardboard, plastics, tins, glass, batteries and ink cartridges all recycled. Suppliers use recycled cardboard and biodegradable packaging. Visit Slieve Donard website

16. City Hotel Derry, Londonderry
4* comfort close to the Giant’s Causeway and on the banks of the River Foyle in 17th century Derry City. Nothing is sent to landfill and employees are trained on environmental awareness. Visit City Hotel Derry website

17. Birch Cottage, County Down

Off-grid self-catering cottages powered entirely by solar and wind, with views of nearby Mourne Mountains and birch woodlands. Offers organic home-grown vegetables and fresh eggs every day – with the chance to feed the hens. The cottages are made of natural, locally-sourced and reclaimed materials, and decorated with non-toxic paint. Bedding, towels, tea towels and curtains are organic. Visit Birch Cottage website

Republic of Ireland

18. Rosroe Lodge B&B
A high-quality, high-comfort B&B in a peaceful, pretty setting in remote Connemara, between sea, mountains and bogs. The timber frame house has rockwool insulation throughout, good double glazing, underfloor heating from a geothermal heat pump, and solar panels for hot water. Laundry’s air-dried and there is a vegetable and herb garden. Food waste is recycled, cleaning products are eco-friendly and suppliers are local. Visit Rosroe Lodge website

19. Salmon Leap Farm, County Kerry

Family-run B&B in a mountain setting, with an archaeological site dating from 500AD. As well as solar, recycling, chemical-free cleaning and laundry products, there’s a protected wild life area and bat protection in the out-buildings. Soaps and shampoo are eco-friendly, tea and coffee are fair-trade and advice is given on local walking and cycling routes. Visit Salmon Leap Farm website

20. Ashford Castle, County Mayo
A green medieval castle! With modern windows, LED lighting, re-usable glass water bottles for guests and high-efficiency LPG burners. Surrounding forests are monitored: native species are planted when non-native plants die, and habitats for several endangered species, including squirrels and robins are being preserved and expanded. Visit Ashford Castle website