There is no place like home.
No, we are not talking about staying at home this year instead of going abroad.
But we’re talking about staying in the UK for this year’s holidays.
We know that flights are harmful to the environment, so it’s one thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Environmental Protection UK says that around 2011 million passengers passed through UK airports in 2011.
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Air transport accounts for two percent of global man-made CO2 emissions, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
So, make 2020 the year you do your part to compensate for that damage, and who knows? You may even find your new favorite place to go on vacation.
Here are just a few places to think about going this year.
1. Godney Arts House, Somerset
A grand farmhouse, Godney Arts House has been carefully renovated.
It is a relaxing countryside retreat overlooking the Mendip Hills and the cottage is fairly remote with no light pollution.
Having said that, the property is not completely isolated, as Cool Places explain: the local pub is only a two-minute walk away, while Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Wells and Glastonbury are all within a 15-minute drive.
Back home, there is a small garden facing south for you to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Electricity and heating are generated by the solar panels here, helping to make your stay environmentally friendly.
Visit airbnb.co.uk or booking.com to book.
2. The Limit, Cornwall
The Limit is a 1930s seaside retreat, ideal for exploring the beautiful North Cornish coast and beyond.
Whether you are relaxed in front of the fire, immersing yourself in the view from the bridge or going out and wandering in the local area, you will certainly have fun.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests fabulous views from breakfast to bed, while the hot walk-in shower, complete with soft towels, ensures a sumptuous pampering experience.
3. Knotting Hill, Leicestershire
Depending on where you choose to relax, you will see the wood-fired hot tub, the inviting steaming, the pizza oven or the lake, where you can paddle in a canoe or jump from the pier for a wild swim.
What you won’t see is nothing else. Not at all. You are surrounded by a beautiful forest of bluebells and down a track also from the nearest road B.
You may hear the generator come in if the solar power is turned off or the outdoor shower works (there is also an indoor one) but the loudest things around are the birds, which flutter among the branches and surround the cabin with their song.
Inside there are comfortable sofas and armchairs grouped around the wood burner, a kitchen with a range that can manage cooking for eight with ease and bedrooms and bathrooms with space for everyone.
The cabin hides some indulgent touches in a simple and rustic decor. There is underfloor heating, a double-ended tub and an audio and TV system that make fantastic movie nights or the rare possibility of letting your music out in the forest, without the neighbors being able to disturb you.
4. Lundy Island, off the coast of North Devon
Quiet and unspoiled, Lundy is located off the coast of North Devon.
Lundy is never crowded, even in the height of summer when up to five times a week, MS Oldenburg brings daily visitors who stay for a few hours. On all other occasions, those staying in vacation properties and residents have the island all to themselves.
There are 24 places to stay there, including The Old Light Lower, The Old School, as well as camping,
Lundy is owned by the National Trust and operated by the Landmark Trust.
The water treatment plant has been updated to make it self-sufficient, using rainwater and no longer relying on the importation of 32,000 plastic bottles of water per year from the mainland.
It has been declared plastic-free by the Surfers Against Sewage Marine Conservation Charity.
Visit landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland for more information.
5. Coed y Bleiddiau, Gwynedd
Coed y Bleiddiau is a small railway cottage at a remote private stop on the restored Ffestiniog railway. It was built in 1863 for the railway superintendent, T. Henry Hovenden.
Before the Landmark Trust transformed it, it was a sad sight after being abandoned for a decade.
It is now a beautiful vacation rental for four people and has its own private platform, where you can get off a steam train if you arrive at the right time.
The name Coed y Bleiddiau means “Forest of wolves”, and the last wolf of Wales is said to have been killed on the wooded slopes surrounding the cottage.
Book through landmarktrust.org.uk
6. Islander, Cornwall
Whatever the weather, Islander’s beach location, bubbling hot tub and Bahamas-inspired interiors offer luxurious self-catering accommodation to rival those of the tropics.
This seaside paradise has a master and an additional bedroom if couples wish to bring friends or children.
With its privileged position on the cliff, the Jacuzzi on the deck and the huge expanse of golden beach below, you will be happy not to have embarked on that long flight abroad.
7. The Ardyle Eco Pod, Loch Lomond
A great base for exploring the great British countryside, Ardyle Eco Pod offers stunning countryside views and is just a three-minute walk from the West Highland Way route – and a five-minute drive from the shores of Loch Lomond.
The bed is lowered from the wall and a table is pulled out from under the sofa to create a comfortable and versatile living space. It has a bathroom with shower and a small kitchen.
Outside, on the wooden deck there is a rattan table and chairs from where guests can admire the view or curl up with one of the many Scottish books left for your enjoyment. It is the perfect place to sit and watch the sun set over the lake.
As you would expect from an ecological pod, there is a charging point for electric cars and the heating and energy of the pod comes from solar panels and a biomass boiler.
Visit airbnb.co.uk for more information.
8. Hafod Hedd, Betws-y-Coed
Located in a private wooded location, this refuge offers a total escape from the modern world.
Hafod Hedd, who is Welsh for a peaceful summer residence, offers a unique opportunity for couples who want to go off the grid.
It housed the hydroelectric equipment that supplied the home farm with electricity.
It is a cozy one-room dwelling with a river passing right under the window and the only sounds you will hear are the song of the river, the call of birds and the occasional bleating of a sheep.
There is a comfortable double bed and a window overlooking the secluded river.
You can cook on a real fire and the cozy cabin was created with recycling and low-impact life in mind.
Most importantly, you can swim outdoors in a couple of cast iron baths filled with water heated by locally sourced hardwood.
To use the outdoor toilets it is necessary to heat the water by lighting a fire.
There is no electricity at Hafod Hedd, which means that you will light the fire to heat, bathe and cook. There is a camping gas stove available if needed.
Visit Airbnb or www.hafodhedd.co.uk
9. The Sanctuary, Hampshire
Embracing the southern borders of the New Forest, an idyllic rustic setting between Lymington and Keyhaven provides the backdrop for this luxury Hampshire couple retreat.
In addition to the elegant utilitarian living space of the Sanctuary, this pocket-sized private health farm is complete with a hot tub, fire pit and cruising bicycles for pedaling in the countryside.
10. Old Cragg Hall Barn, West Yorkshire
Set in an elevated position in the heart of Cragg Vale, the Old Cragg Hall Barn is an eco-friendly conversion with exceptional valley views.
Rebuilt from the remains of an original stone barn, this new contemporary home has an abundance of glass, solid oak floors, wood burning stove, granite worktops, bespoke LED lighting and a large stone marked terrace for dining. outdoors.
Carefully designed to offer luxurious ecological accommodations, this holiday home has underfloor central heating provided by a geothermal heat pump and a heat recovery ventilation system. There is also a charging point for electric vehicles POD Point.
11. A little rough, Rutland
A Little Bit of Rough offers a luxury campsite in 20 beautiful acres of private woodland nestled in a secret location in the heart of rural Rutland.
If you fancy some elegant camping, this is your place. Expect wood-fired hot tubs, fire pits, hammocks, pizza ovens and two outdoor bathrooms.
They have large canvas loggias that can accommodate six people each.
Those behind it claim to use sustainable and green energy sources to light and heat their cottages, including solar and solar lanterns and wood stoves that use locally sourced and sustainable fuel sources.
All waste water is treated on site through the use of innovative technologies and the natural environment. Wastewater is treated without the need for chemicals and is captured in one of their ponds of newly built wildlife, which meets both the needs of our guests and an important additional habitat.
A little Rough claims to be committed to recycling as much waste as possible and to providing extensive recycling facilities for guests.
They say they are also committed to maintaining the forest as a wildlife and guest paradise.
Their website explains: “We continue to manage the woods, plant trees, create new habitats such as our mini hotel beast and newly planted wildflowers and have installed nesting boxes through the woods.”
12. Goji, Herefordshire
As you climb the handcrafted wooden staircase and descend from the raised decking, enter a cocoon suspended 10 feet from the ground.
It is kept stable and warm thanks to its engineering. Fold the two single beds down when it’s time to sleep or leave them as sofas during the day, a cozy reading place in the middle of the woods.
With the woodburner on and the roof window above you, fall asleep under the night sky with the soothing sounds of the forest around you.
The morning sun will drag you out of your treetops onto the elevated terrace, welcomed by a view of the Malvern hills rising from nearby trees.
Brook House Woods has a full kitchen, pizza oven and fire pit, just 50 meters away, where you can roast some outdoor meals.
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