Holidaying in a ‘green’ way used to mean camping in a field surrounded by cow manure. How times have changed! The emergence of eco-chic holiday homes means that now you can play your part, respecting the planet, whilst relaxing in comfortable or even luxurious surroundings. Here’s five of our favourites from one of the UK’s best vacation rental sites, Holiday Lettings.
Sustainability in South Africa
Ladlau Drive, Simbithi Eco Estate, Kwa Zulu Natal
5 bedrooms, sleeps 12
This stunning South African home, with all mod cons and a private heated swimming pool, is close to the beach and a great base to explore the game parks.
Ladlu Drive is on the Simbithi Eco-Estate which takes every precaution to minimise environmental impact including geology and soil assessments, water resource and drainage appraisals, land use and vegetation studies and aesthetic, historical and cultural appraisals, ensuring a development perfectly in tune with the natural surroundings. Read more…
Get closer to nature in this lovely French Farmhouse
The Gite at Rigal, Dordogne
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
The Manor de Rigal is a stunning organic farm, painstakingly renovated in 2007, with reclaimed materials. Eco paints have been used throughout, water recuperation tanks are sunk into the garden and the estate is heated using an eco-friendly wood burning boiler system. Rigal creates zero fuel miles and is totally carbon neutral. The pool is heated via solar panels and a heat exchange system connected to the wood burning boiler making Rigal a great experience for you and a low impact on the environment. Read more…
Glamping in the English countryside
Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
Relax in one of 5 luxurious safari tents on the Isle of Wight! Located in the glorious surroundings of Tapnell Farm, these eco-lodges provide the comfort of a cosy home, in the perfect setting for an eco-friendly adventure. Rent all 5 safari tents for groups of up to 40 people.
The farm has some interesting musical history, as it hosted the original Isle of Wight Festival back in 1970. Read more…
Scottish simplicity of the Isle of Skye
Skeabost Wood Cottage, Isle of Skye
2 bedroom, sleeps 4
Skeabost Wood Cottage is a brand new eco-house designed by a renowned local architect. Set in 3.5 acres of unspoilt woodland, the cottage overlooks the River Snizort – one of Skye’s best salmon fishing rivers, and yet is just a few miles from picturesque Portree with great restaurants, supermarket and shops. Read more…
Australian luxury by the beach
Alinghi Beach House, Noosa, Queensland
4 bedrooms, sleeps 12
This Antipodean eco-palace is just metres from the beach and is set in 14 acres of pristine Australian bushland. The house was designed to be as environmentally-sensitive as possible. Clever positioning and design mean that the house can be completely opened up to nature via sliding glass doors and windows, taking full advantage of the fresh ocean breezes. The house also boasts its own rain-water harvesting and grey water system for the garden. With its own private swimming pool, grass tennis court and entertaining BBQ cabana, plus direct access to the private beach, this is everyone’s dream holiday house. Read more…