The Most Eco-Friendly Retreats In The UK

22nd July 2019


Here at Harrison Spinks, we adore the environment and are desperate to keep everything we use, from our offices to the machines we operate, eco-friendly. But we don’t just stop there, our deep consideration for combining sustainable practice with luxury standards extends far beyond our own facilities. That’s why we’re taking a look at some of the most eco-friendly retreats in the UK, so you can have peace of mind when planning your next trip away.

Firefly cottage | Photo © Unique Home Stays

Firefly, Cornwall

Boasting a rustic, back-to-nature appeal, this luxury retreat is located in a rural hamlet in North Cornwall. Exuding style, the eco-friendly cottages utilise recycled materials and furnishings to create an earthy interior, and are fitted with an air source heat pump to minimise carbon emissions. Explore the local area with a number of nearby spas and Watergate Bay only a short drive away, then head back to the cottage to relax in the hot tub or in front of the open fire. If you’re looking for a unique idyllic haven, Firefly is the perfect retreat for you.

Golden Oak Cabin | Photo © Hoseasons

Forest of Dean Cabins, Gloucestershire

For those looking to take a break from urban lifestyle and escape into the vast forests, Forest of Dean Cabins offer retreats for guests seeking a luxurious break in natural woodland surroundings. With so much to offer, Forest of Dean is suitable for both active outdoor getaways, as well as a more relaxing break, and is available to book from a minimum of 3 nights up to 2 weeks. From pet-friendly cabins, to hot tubs and cabin entertainment, the retreat offers tailored experiences to suit you, as well as boasting free parking, Wi-Fi access and a smoke free environment. The woodland site is owned by the Forestry Commission who remain responsible for sustaining and conserving our forests, keeping them safe and undamaged and making this retreat the perfect eco-friendly option.

Chewton Glen | Photo © Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

This 5* retreat, located at the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, compliments the idyllic landscape with stylish public areas and exquisite bedrooms to create the perfect escape. From clay pigeon shooting, falconry displays and duck herding to the extensive spa and leisure facilities, Chewton Glen offers an array of activities that promise to keep guests entertained throughout their stay. Step outside of your room and you will find 130 acres of picturesque land that is free for you to explore, and when you return to your tree-house accommodation and sink into a bespoke Harrison Spinks bed, you will sleep soundly and comfortably knowing that this luxurious retreat is also eco-friendly.

Hollings Hill Farm | Photo © Child Friendly Escapes

Hollings Hill Farm, Herefordshire

The definition of rural relaxation, Hollings Hill Farm is sure to leave you feeling deeply refreshed as you take in the country air and kick your feet up in your own canvas lodge or cabin. When you arrive, be sure to soak in the fantastic view that is bursting with the elegance of the Malvern landscape. Make the most of your stay by walking and biking in the Malvern Hills, visiting the Great Malvern Priory or Eastnor Castle, and of course Malvern town itself. This parred back retreat is located in secluded farmland, and offers pet friendly facilities, optional hot tubs and of course tours of the farm. Located away from harmful pollutants, the retreat provides a relaxing break whilst protecting the nearby trees and nature.

Eirianfa Cottage | Photo © Unique Home Stays

Eirianfa, Wales

This Welsh cottage pairs rustic French décor with eco-friendly mod cons to create a sustainable, exquisite retreat. Biomass underfloor heating will ensure this luxury farmhouse is a cosy, relaxing escape, whilst just beyond the cottage you can experience the low meadows and spring-fed lake, as well as the charming market town of Ruthin. Located in a picturesque corner of Wales, guests can be assured that their stay will not only leave them feeling rejuvenated, but will have minimal impact on the local environment.

One Aldwych | Photo © Pineapple Luxury Hotel Specialists

One Aldwych, London

With an emphasis on recycling and a number of awards for sustainable tourism, it’s no wonder this luxury hotel has been named one of the most eco-friendly retreats in the UK. The recently refurbished guestrooms and suites ooze sophistication, and the extensive facilities include a pool, fitness centre, restaurant and spa. Located in the heart of London, you’ll never be short of things to do nearby, and with an impressive 4.5* rating, you can guarantee that your stay here will be of the highest standard.