Looking for a holiday with less impact? Here are 5 of the best eco stays around the UK. We've also added a bonus section of over 40 other eco retreats of note all over Europe. N.B. As Airbnb Associates, we may earn a fee when you book through our links.
1. Moonlight Yurt
Location | Llanthony, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Property Type | Mongolian Yurt
Capacity | 2 adults and 2 children, plus up to 2 dogs
Features | Wood-fired hot tub, firepit, private river meadow, beautiful hill walks
Located within the Black Mountain range of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Moonlight Yurt has stunning views of the surrounding valley.
Built by traditional craftsmen in Mongolia, the Moonlight Yurt is situated in its own river meadow with glorious views and easy access to hill walking from the front door.
The Llanthony Valley has been designated as a dark sky reserve which means breathtaking night skies which you can enjoy from the wood-fired hot tub!
2. Foxborough Bubble Den
Location | Portglenone, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Property Type | Bubble Tent
Capacity | 2 adults
Features | 360 degree, unimpeded view from the comfort of a tent for all night star gazing
A unique bubble tent located near Portgelnone in Northern Ireland. Spend the whole night star gazing in this futuristic bubble tent in the Country Antrim countryside.
The main bubble tent has a bathroom bubble connected to it and a entrance hall. This acts like an airlock to maintain the pressure in the main tent to keep it erect without any vision impairing support beams.
3. Sunnybrook - Carbon neutral eco house
Location | Shaldon, Dorset, England
Property Type | Eco House
Capacity | 6 people
Features | 5 minutes from beach, Swedish hot tub, beautiful hill walks
Sunnybrook is a beautifully designed eco house, attractively clad in UK grown cedar and situated at the end of a rural lane, only 5 mins walk from the beach.
Complete with solar panels, underfloor heating and heat recovery ventilation system to recycle the otherwise wasted heat in the house. An electric car charging point is also available for use, free of charge.
There is plenty of space to roam free with a half-acre garden, and an adjoining orchard with apple, pear and plum trees.
4. Urban Tranquilatree
Location | Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Property Type | Treehouse
Capacity | 2 people
Features | It's an actual treehouse, built in a tree! Close to Cork city centre
Relive your childhood with a stay in the cosy Tranquilatree treehouse, built 6 meters off the ground amount the leafy tree tips and with stunning views across the city of Cork.
The living quarters are split across 2 levels with the bedroom and viewing deck on top and the circular shaped wet room complete with shower, toilet and hand basin below.
Don't be off put if it sways in strong winds, it's been design this way and has survived hurricane Ophelia, so there is nothing to worry about.
5. Hobbit Hideaway - A wee slice of Scottish paradise
Location | Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom
Property Type | Mini House
Capacity | 6 people
The Hobbit Hideaway located in the heart of the whiskey country. Made from locally sourced renewable materials: stone, straw, clay, earth and wood. Extensively furnished with recycled and repurposed furniture and trinkets, you can see why this eco home is award winning.
Reusable cups, bottles & bags are made available and you can help yourselves to fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from the garden.
The house is powered by 100% renewable energy, plus you get access to fresh Scottish spring water, as used in Speyside whisky production!
The more research we did, the more amazing eco stays we discovered. Live as a troglodyte with a cave stay in Cordoba, relax by the Danube in a mini house or even join the jet set and sleep in a converted private jet in Wales.
We decided we couldn't limit our list to 5 places, or even just those in the UK. So here are over 40 eco-friendly stays we have found throughout Europe, enjoy!