strong style=”font-weight: bold;”>1. The Scarlet
“This strikingly modern eco hotel offers a stylish yet peaceful retreat, and benefits from a stunning cliff-top location with magnificent views,” according to Simon. It is a hotel specially intended for ‘adults only’. And their SPA? Ayurvedic inspired, nothing less.
Where Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall TR8 4DQ (01637 861800;
How much: from £250 more
2. Big Green Tipi
“A single huge family-sized tepee on a remote farm in the heart of the lovely Lelyn Peninsula – the epitome of privacy and exclusivity, as well as being unusual and environmentally sound without the need to rough it,” says David. It is one of a kind experience you don’t want to miss.
Where Bryn Awel, Garnfadryn, Gwynedd, Wales LL53 8TG (07792 646 963;
How much: from £15 more
3. Wind in the Willows Caravan
For self-catering properties with a twist, Sophie recommends rental company Under the Thatch for “anything from Gypsy caravans to off-the-grid cottages”. Each property comes with a “green” rating – and this pretty Gypsy caravan gets five stars. An off-grid eco-cabin provides kitchen and shower facilities.
Where Old Ross Road, Llanvetherine, Monmouthshire NP7 8RG (01239 851
How much: from £157 for two nights more
4. The Really Green Holiday Company
This ethical and sustainable holiday company kits out its Isle of Wight yurts with all you need to ensure comfort and coziness, with real beds – including one four-poster – solid floors and wood burning
stoves. Available as self-catering or B&B.
Where The Staples, Blackbridge Road, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
PO40 9QJ (07802 678591; www.thereallygreenholidaycompany.com)
How much: from £175 for four nights more
5. The Dome Garden
“Like the Eden Project, only smaller,” says its website. Well, yes, although much smaller, and more like a tent, points out David. But he adds that it’s also “gloriously stylish and luxurious” – think private kitchens and showers, and a tranquil woodland setting. “The whole place has delightfully friendly and practical philosophy.”
Where Mile End, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 7EN (01730 261 458;
How much: from £375 for four people for four nights more
6. La Rosa Campsite
In a wildlife-friendly 20-acre site near Whitby sits a series of creatively decorated recycled old caravans, tricked out with reclaimed and found objects and curios. A fire tepee and communal big top (complete with overflowing dressing-up boxes) provide sociable spaces, while the lighting is low-energy/high romance: candles and
fairylights. A perfect eco break spot.
Where Goathland, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 5AS (01947 606981;
How much: from £28 more
7. Safari Tents, Lochhouses Farm
Sophie praises Alastair Sawday’s new venture, Canopy and Stars, for making camping “just that little bit more luxurious
A relaxing ambience and place to-die for--Safari tent is a must-have during eco breaks
and special”. Forget mildewed canvas and grotty shared showers, these spacious
safari tents are prettily kitted out with all you need for a comfortable break.
Where Lochhouses Farm, Tyninghame, East Lothian, Scotland EH42 1XP
How much: from £55 more
8. Mawgan Porth
A contemporary, eco-friendly twist on the caravan park. Mawgan Porth’s site – pleasingly near the beach – has eco lodges, yurts, holiday cottages and even re-decorated retro American airstream trailers. Withan emphasis on sustainability, they also include plenty of quirky and luxurious touches.
Where Mawgan Porth, Cornwall TR8 4BD (01637 860 322, www.mawganporth.co.uk)
How much: eco lodges, one week from £699; airstreams from £850; yurts from £650 more