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Top 5 Eco Retreats in the British Isles - Sustainable Holiday Accommodation

Top 5 Eco Retreats in the British Isles - Sustainable Holiday Accommodation

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

Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - Moonlight Yurt in the middle of a green field with blue sky

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!

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Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - Inside the Moonlight Yurt

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.

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Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - Foxborough bubble den at night

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.

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Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - Inside the front room of Sunnybrook

4. Urban Tranquilatree

Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - View of Cork city centre from treehouse

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.

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Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - View of walkway to treehouse

5. Hobbit Hideaway - A wee slice of Scottish paradise

Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - View of hobbit hideaway from outside with blue sky

Location | Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom

Property Type | Mini House

Capacity | 6 people

Features |

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!

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Eco retreats - Sustainable holiday accommodation - Inside Hobbit Hideaway from kitchen

Bonus Section

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!

Andy Smith
Andy Smith

Founder of Reco, a marketplace and community dedicated to find shift from a single-use mindset to a multi-use one. #SingleUseSucks